I had lately balloon messages to design for a project. And I didn’t want to go the old approach, using graphics and a whole markup block just to display a single message.
This is what i wanted my balloon message approach to be capable of:
- no graphics – not even for the “speakers corner”, the call out part
so I search for “how to build triangles in CSS” and found some stuff on that
- no additional markup – transform a single <tag/> with its content to a balloon message
- all CSS(3)
border:1px solid red;
/* ... */
border-width:10px 10px 10px 10px;
border-color: transparent red transparent transparent ;
and here the simple HTML markup
<p class="balloon">I <3 balloon messages!</p>
And here the DEMO with even more stuff, a whole chat and also how to prepare a tool tip without any JS.
IE8, oh noes
oh yes. Unfortunately this is only working in FF3.5+, SA1.3+, OP9.5+ and CH2+ — but not in IE8. Not yet. Let’s see what IE9 will bring us.
Have a look on sitepoint.com for more info on compatibility.
More on ::before and ::after
More about the pseudo elements :before and :after and how to use them in webdesign you can read on Nicolas Gallaghers blog and about the new notation style ::before and ::after you’ll find here some info.
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Hi. I wrote an article on this too, which you might be interested in: http://nicolasgallagher.com/pure-css-speech-bubbles/
Definitely – seems as if I was quite a year right behind yours – I used exactly the same approach.
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