CSS Rollover

April 19th, 2007 by Steve

Suppose you want to add a rollover banner ad on your site and would rather do it with CSS (Style Sheets) instead of javascript. Start by creating an image that is twice as wide as the banner, so that it loads all at once and there is no delay on the mouseover:
banner ad
Next, add the following lines to the stylesheet:
.rollover a {
width: 234px;
height: 60px;
background: url("/ads/banner-free-tiles.gif") 0 0 no-repeat;
float: right;
.rollover a:hover {
background-position: -234px 0px;

The height and width match the size of the ad. The actual image is twice as wide (468×60). The a:hover pseudo-class moves the image 234 pixels to the left, showing the right half during a mouseover.
Add this code where you want the ad to appear:
<span class="rollover"><a href="http://xanadu-fx.com/tiles/" title="Free Background images"> </a></span>

and you should see this:

You can also use this technique to make rollovers in menus, but I prefer to use text based links in navigation for accessibility reasons. Also, you can stack the images vertically, but be sure to adjust the code in “a:hover” accordingly so the image moves up instead of left.

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