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Fast way to manage the Arabic version of a web form

Left to Right vs. Right to Left

As you may know the Arabic language is written from right to left in reverse of Latin and Cyrillic languages and in the web that means you must change the look of the page for that subset of users coming to your site.

One of the main problems are with web forms. Usually we use something like label:input pairs:

label: <input type="text" />

but when it comes to Arabic version it should be turned into:

<input type="text" /> : label

and that’s quite tricky!

The easiest way for me!

Well I simply wrap that chunk of code into a table. That helps me manage the direction with the CSS direction:rtl like so:

  <td><input type="text" /></td>

When it comes to the Arabic version it can be translated with the simple:

<table style="direction:rtl;">
  <td><input type="text" /></td>

Stylesheets may block rendering in IE. The solution is maybe dynamic loading.

Yes! Style sheets may block the rendering process in IE. When it comes to media different from the screen, as the print is:


this, lovely, browser stops the rendering until the sheet is loaded. This is pretty strange when it comes to such media, just because it is not used to render the page in a browser. In fact as Steve Souders says the normal behavior of the browser should be don’t block or even delay the sheets for media that is not the current one.

However for further reading see this post with many thanks to Steve Souders again.

HTC?! Round the corners on IE!

Well I was writing these days about rounded corners and some cross browser techniques that help you do this job. But what’s actually a topic now is that most of the web developers are speaking about making different versions of a site for different browsers. Now this begins to look normal, but it isn’t. The ideal solution is to have everything working fine, in that case rounded corners to be rounded, on every browser.

As I wrote recently there is a way to do this in IE with the use of VML, but yet again this is not working on Opera, and puts another chunk of markup in your document, that leads to more difficult maintain.

The solution can be done with another approach that can be considered as one level beyond the VML usage. Thus you have scripts only in IE and clean CSS.

Everybody now’s using both:


and now’s coming the new wave with:


property in CSS3, but as we know it will be maybe present in IE9 and any older MSIE will be discarded.

What the .htc means?

It stands for HTML components file, which is completely JavaScript code that’s included via CSS as:

behavior: url(;

Of course you can find such .htc predefined files everywhere on the web and it’s completely working.

The problem

is that sometimes after using many HTML tags with border radius IE appears to crash, which is nothing new, but however not desirable.

Cross-browser rounded corners! Works on IE but, but not on Opera!

What’s this that works on IE and any other browser, except on Opera?!

Rounded Corners

That was a strange answer. Who’s making rounded corners with CSS?! on IE and more important how? There is a way to make it, but not entirely with CSS and HTML. The solution is with VML a subset of XML to deal with vectors, and CSS of course.

The original solution I found on

It is really working fine as described and shown in the example, but there are some issues as well. There is no way to setup background image on the container, and the width and height are behaving strange.

However this gives you an opportunity to make cross browser rounded corners with no scripting that slows down the page and except Opera it’s quite working!

CSS selectors – new look over them

How do you select?

When it comes to CSS selectors, most of us are using the most familiar selectors by id or class name. Something like:

.my-class {}
#my-id {}

But as you can see in most of the big JavaScript libraries, such as jQuery, you can improve the selection of element/s by using complex selector syntax.

Do you know the syntax?

Maybe yes, but maybe not! As I stumbled upon an interesting article on
The Skinny on CSS Attribute Selectors.
The good part is that now you can use this powerful selector syntax to improve CSS.


Because this is the most interesting part – yes it is supported by MSIE, and no – not before IE7, be careful if you’d like to support it.