AWP Reset

We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of a reset.css file to level the playing field across browsers. The work done by Eric Meyer has greatly enhanced the consistency of cross browser development.

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September 30, 2010

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At AWP, we have taken it one step further and implemented some other useful css nuggets into our awp-reset.css.

Cursor: pointer;

It’s surprising how often this gets overlooked. When you change the border and background properties of an input[type=”submit”], most major browsers discard the default cursor: pointer. This simple line ensures that this accessibility feature does not get lost:

a, a *, input[type="submit"], input[type="button"] {
  cursor: pointer;

Inputs and Buttons

Firefox comes with some unique pre-styled features on submit and button inputs. For cross browser evenness, the following code levels the playing field:

  border: 0; padding: 0;

Consider the following example:

border: none;
padding: 0 8px;
background: #00F;
color: #FFF;
height: 24px;
line-height: 24px;
font: normal 12px Arial, sans-serif;
<input type="submit" value="Submit One" />





With the reset code from above:


Although they are not 100% identical, you can clearly see we are now all speaking a much more similar language.

Textarea Resize

There are only specific times when a resizable textarea is useful. Most of the time, your textarea size should remain the size you specified. We shut this off in the reset:

textarea { resize: none; overflow: auto }

To turn it back on, use the following syntax:

resize: none | both | horizontal | vertical | inherit

Also, note the overflow: auto. This removes the annoying default scrollbar IE injects into textareas.

Bicubic image interpolation

Have you ever noticed that IE horribly distorts images when resized using html/css?? The following line fixes the issue and renders a much less pixelized “on-the-fly” html/css resize:

img { -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; }


There you have it! A little more robust, but not terribly obnoxious, bit of code to help level the playing field amongst browsers. Enjoy!