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  1. #1
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    Question Sprite Images, CSS and HTML - Need Starter Help

    I don't know the first thing about how to use sprites in the html and css. I just know that I have too many calls to the server. Would someone please just put a couple of my sprite images in my page so I can see how its done. I'll figure out the rest of it from there. The sprite image is located here. This is the file info that was generated when I made the sprite. All of the sprites are named the same as they were in the original html for easy reference.
    .0001_arrow { background-position: 0 -30px; } 
    .4yourbody_logo { background-position: 0 -72px; } 
    .bg01 { background-position: 0 -180px; } 
    .bg02 { background-position: 0 -900px; } 
    .bg03 { background-position: 0 -1020px; } 
    .bg04 { background-position: 0 -1138px; } 
    .bg05 { background-position: 0 -1188px; } 
    .bg06 { background-position: 0 -1675px; } 
    .bg99 { background-position: 0 -1868px; } 
    .img02 { background-position: -1390px -30px; } 
    .img03 { background-position: -1390px -109px; } 
    Don't forget to add a background rule to reference the sprite image. Something like 
    this, for example:
    #container li {
       background: url(gen1.png) no-repeat top left;
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    Last edited by Script Idgit; 05-27-2009 at 09:12 AM. Reason: Forgot to upload image - de de de

  2. #2
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    Talladega, AL
    Please. Somebody - anybody? I don't want the actual work done for me; I just want a couple examples of the HTML and CSS for calling images from a sprite so I can figure out how to do this. I've searched and searched on the net and am really confused.

  3. #3
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    Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
    How about:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
    	<meta http-equiv="content-type" 
    		content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />
    <style type="text/css" media="screen">
    #wrapper{width:1237px;margin:0px auto}/* set to the width of the background image */
    /* the next entries are classes which refer to the appropriate background image*/
    /* need to set the size of the div to match that of the background image as well */
    .bg02 { background: url(http://4yourbody.info/images/gen1.png) 0 -900px; height:90px;} 
    .bg03 { background: url(http://4yourbody.info/images/gen1.png) 0 -1020px; height:88px;position:relative} 
    .yourbody_logo { background: url(http://4yourbody.info/images/gen1.png) 0 -72px;height:75px;width:310px;position:absolute;top:2px;left:200px;} 
    /* just for display */
    .bg02, .bg03, .yourbody_logo{border:1px solid red}
    <div id="wrapper">
    	<div class="bg02"><p>This is the top image</p></div>
    	<div class="bg03"><p>This is the green header like-thing</p>
    		<div class="yourbody_logo"><p>This is the logo</p></div>
    Does that help?

  4. #4
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    Talladega, AL
    This is exactly what I was asking for. Thanks a lot, brother.

    The edit button is gone from my original post. Could a moderator please mark this thread as resolved.

    Also, this would be a very good thread to tag for anyone wanting to learn how to use sprite images.
    Last edited by Script Idgit; 06-09-2009 at 07:11 PM.


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