CSS specificity (weight) and SharePoint
When dealing with SharePoint CSS one of your biggest friends is specificity. It also happens to be one of the harder things to wrap your head around, especially if you are just getting into creating and editing CSS. Specificity is a key thing to understand for SharePoint branding and something that I cover in all my branding classes. Continue reading
For such a small little guy, the “Add” action link for a SharePoint list or library can sure cause a lot of grief for people. Here is a sample of the SharePoint Add link if you were looking at a Links list. Different lists show different text, such as Add Document or Add New Announcement.
I hear a lot of requests to change the look and feel of the link or move it to a different location on the web page. Luckily there is a lot you can do with CSS alone. Continue reading
@porlyp asked on Twitter if it was possible to change the styling of the search scopes drop down menu in SharePoint using just CSS. Here is a sample of what we are targeting:
A CSS Challenge from Jennifer:
I have a masterpage with a black background and white links…however when I edit a page and insert an item the popup box is white background with white links. I would like to change the background of the box but my designer tool won’t pull the information so I can see what style is controlling it.
The dialog box can be tricky. What is happening is your HTML is getting loaded up in an iFrame so you essentially have your master page within your master page. The HTML, FORM, BODY (etc.) tags are all repeated again. The trick to controlling the dialog box is to reference the class (.ms-dialog) that is assigned to the HTML element that is within the iFrame.
Here is the CSS to control the background of your dialog box. Continue reading
A CSS Challenge from Justin:
Make Sharepoint Custom Lists align to the right. By default any Dollar or Percentage type columns align to the right.
Here is the CSS to control your SharePoint list text alignment! Continue reading
A CSS Challenge from Fred:
Make lists look like basic MS-Office tables:
- dark background header row with white text
- alternate rows with light color background
- dark bottom borders on every rows
Here is the CSS to start your list/library styles! Continue reading
My golden site design coding rule is site design supporting images are only referenced through the CSS. This would include logos, header images, gradation bars, decorative backgrounds, etc. Content supporting images (like Bob and Joe hanging at the company picnic) are content supporting images and therefore can end up in other places outside of CSS.
A question that often comes up when I teach this is “what about the ALT text value for the image?”. Continue reading
In just about every SharePoint site I customize and every CSS demo I do for people, I always use CSS to convert the SharePoint site title to a clickable logo, much like how we see all across the web. Having your company logo in the upper left corner of your web site that when clicked takes you back to the home page is a very established usability pattern. People just expect it! Continue reading
Switching your SharePoint site from a fluid width (how it is setup out-of-the-box with v4.master or nightandday.master) is a simple task. It requires one change to the master page and the addition of one style statement. Where things get tricky is how to go from there in regards to handling the scroll bar SharePoint automatically generates under the docked ribbon. But let’s get the easy part done first. Continue reading
The issue: you start working with CSS to make the global navigation (top navigation) items look like tabs, solid boxes, etc.
If you are using dynamic (drop down) menus, you run into an alignment issue with the drop down container NOT aligning with the colored navigation item: Continue reading