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Curved boxes are straight forward to do in CSS. Here's a quick tutorial of how to achieve curved boxes in CSS and what's to come in CSS 3.

What we want to achieve

Here's a graphic of the final product - a box with curved edges that will expand if the text is enlarged.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 - Curved Boxes in CSS Image

To start with we will make the graphics in Photoshop.

Curved Boxes - Making the Graphics

Open Photoshop and choose the rounded rectangle tool (shortcut of U on the keyboard). Decide on the size and colour of your rectangle and then draw a rectangle. You can make the curve bigger or smaller by changing the size of the radius.

Cut the curve out just below the last pixel of the curve. You can make the bottom curve quickly and easily by going to Image > Rotate Canvas > 180 ยบ CW

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 - Curved Boxes in CSS Image 2

The Markup

In order to create a cross-browser friendly box we need to attach the image to HTML elements. This method requires at least two elements inside the div. In this case we use the h2 and p tags and apply a background image to each through the CSS.

<div class="curved-box">

h2>This is a curved boxh2>

p>This text will resize and not break the box.p>


Applying the CSS

We add the curves through the CSS by accessing the elements and applying a background image. The top one is applied to the h2 and the bottom to the p tag. Make sure the background to the div is the same colour too.

: 298px;
margin: 10px;
background-color: #c3d0d4;

.curved-box h2
: #c3d0d4 url(../images/curve_top.png) no-repeat left top;
color: #f4fbfd;
padding: 10px 15px 5px 15px;

.curved-box p
: #c3d0d4 url(../images/curve_bottom.png) no-repeat left bottom;
margin: 0px;
padding: 5px 15px 10px 15px;
text-align: left;

Using this code the text will resize without breaking the box. Have a look at the code in action in the example. Browser support: IE5+, Netscape 6+, Firefox 1+, Safari 1+, Opera 7+, Flock, Camino.

CSS3 will make it even easier

Once CSS3 is finally agreed it will be even easier to curve the edges of boxes. "Border-radius" will curve the corner of the box. For now browser support is not great and indeed browsers have their own proprietary properties:

-webkit-border-radius: 10px; /* Safari prototype */
-moz-border-radius: 10px; /* Gecko browsers */
border-radius: 10px; /* Everything else - limited support at the moment */

Currently supported in Camino 1+, Firefox 1+, NOT IE. The code degrades gracefully so if it is not supported there will be no curves but it will still render. Check out the example to see it in action.

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