Styling fieldset elements with CSS

This demo page is related to the article Styling form controls with CSS, revisited. For more info on the purpose of this page, please read the article.

Each fieldset element consists of this HTML:

  1. <fieldset id="el##">
  2. <legend>#el##</legend>
  3. <p>Some text.</p>
  4. </fieldset>

The following CSS rules are used to style the fieldset elements:

  1. #el01 {padding:0} /* Remove padding */
  2. #el02 { /* Text and background colour, blue on light gray */
  3. color:#00f;
  4. background-color:#ddd
  5. }
  6. #el03 {background:url(/i/icon-info.gif) no-repeat 100% 50%} /* Background image */
  7. #el04 {border-width:6px} /* Border width */
  8. #el05 {border:2px dotted #00f} /* Border width, style and colour */
  9. #el06 {border:none} /* No border */
  10. #el07 {font-family:"Courier New",Courier} /* Different font */
  11. #el08 {font-size:2em} /* Bigger text */
  12. #el09 {font-size:0.5em} /* Smaller text */
  13. #el10 {font-weight:bold} /* Bold text */
  14. #el11 {padding:2em} /* Increase padding */
  15. #el12 {text-align:right} /* Change text alignment */
  16. fieldset p {margin:0} /* Remove margins from p elements inside fieldsets */

In your current browser, with your current settings, the fieldset elements look like this:

#el01

Some text.

#el02

Some text.

#el03

Some text.

#el04

Some text.

#el05

Some text.

#el06

Some text.

#el07

Some text.

#el08

Some text.

#el09

Some text.

#el10

Some text.

#el11

Some text.

#el12

Some text.

And here are screenshots from several browsers on different operating systems:

  1. Camino 1, Mac OS X 10.4.8
  2. Firefox 2.0.0.1, Mac OS X 10.4.8
  3. Firefox 2.0.0.1, Ubuntu 6.10
  4. Firefox 2.0.0.1, Windows XP
  5. iCab 3.0.3, Mac OS X 10.4.8
  6. Internet Explorer 6, Windows XP
  7. Internet Explorer 7, Windows XP
  8. Konqueror 3.5.5, Kubuntu
  9. OmniWeb 5.5.1, Mac OS X 10.4.8
  10. Opera 9.10, Mac OS X 10.4.8
  11. Opera 9.10, Ubuntu 6.10
  12. Opera 9.10, Windows XP
  13. Safari 2.0.4, Mac OS X 10.4.8
  14. WebKit 420+, Mac OS X 10.4.8
Camino 1, Mac OS X 10.4.8

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Firefox 2, Mac OS X 10.4.8

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Firefox 2, Ubuntu 6.10

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Opera 9.10, Ubuntu 6.10

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