Another new theme

I was never really happy with my previous 2010 theme, so I’ve gone and done a completely new one.

This new one makes extensive use of CSS3 properties, such as gradients and shadows. It looks best in Firefox >= 3.6,followed by Safari >= 4, then Chrome >= 4, Opera >= 10, and IE >= 8. Theoretically, Firefox and Safari/Chrome support the same level of features, but the webkit gradient syntax is absolutely awful. It’s confusing, needlessly complex, and poorly thought-out, in my opinion. Contrast the following two lines:

background: -moz-linear-gradient(top, #111, #333);
background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, from(#222), to(#333));

See what I mean?

Gecko (Firefox), Webkit (Safari), and Trident (IE) rendering.

Clean Word markup

When writing a web-app that accepts formatted input from users, you’ll often find that they will copy and paste text from Microsoft Word. Unfortunately, Word fills the markup with lots of unnecessary and unwanted muck. To clean this all up, I wrote the following function (directly implemented on the String prototype below):

	sanitiseWord: function() {
		var s = this.replace(/\r/g, '\n').replace(/\n/g, ' ');
		var rs = [];
		rs.push(/<!--.+?-->/g); // Comments
		rs.push(/<title>.+?<\/title>/g); // Title
		rs.push(/<(meta|link|.?o:|.?style|.?div|.?head|.?html|body|.?body|.?span|!\&#91;)&#91;^>]*?>/g); // Unnecessary tags
		rs.push(/ v:.*?=".*?"/g); // Weird nonsense attributes
		rs.push(/ style=".*?"/g); // Styles
		rs.push(/ class=".*?"/g); // Classes
		rs.push(/(&nbsp;){2,}/g); // Redundant &nbsp;s
		rs.push(/<p>(\s|&nbsp;)*?<\/p>/g); // Empty paragraphs
		rs.each(function(regex) {
			s = s.replace(regex, '');
		return s.replace(/\s+/g, ' ');

If you’re not using MooTools, the function will look something like this:

String.prototype.sanitiseWord = function() {
// function body here...


var s = "(some awful Word markup)".sanitiseWord();

In one of the tests I ran, the input went from around 7000 characters to just 700.


Some of the regular expressions I used were adapted from C# ones in a post by Jeff Atwood.

Input elements that fill their container

Previously, this post advocated the use of “text-indent” on a padding-less, border-less, 100% width input. This works, but it’s quite clunky, and old versions of IE don’t support text-indent, so it just looks bad. A much better solution is to

Just use box-sizing.

As pointed out in the comments, the simplest solution is to simply change the box-sizing model of the input element to “border-box”, rather than the default “content-box”. In the example below, I’ve given the containing div a 4px whiteborder.

<div style="background:#000; width:200px; border: solid 4px #fff;"><input  style="-moz-box-sizing: border-box; box-sizing: border-box; display: block; padding: 4px; width: 100%; height: 100%; background: #fff; opacity: 0.5; border: solid 1px #666;" type="text" value="text input"/></div>

Note that for Firefox, you still need to use the -moz- prefix; it’s supported unprefixed in all the other major browsers, though.

Updated 2012-08-03.