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Styling an anchor tag to look like a submit button (7)


<a href="#" class="button"> HOME </a>


.button { 
         background-color: #00CCFF;
         padding: 8px 16px;
         display: inline-block;
         text-decoration: none;
         color: #FFFFFF;
         border-radius: 3px;
.button:hover{ background-color: #0066FF;}

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I have a form where there's a "Submit" button and a "Cancel" anchor. The HTML is this:

<input type="submit" value="Submit" />
<a href="some_url">Cancel</a>

I'd like for the two to look and act the same. Nothing fancy, just something similar to how the "Ask Question" anchor looks on StackOverflow.

I can get the two to look somewhat similar, with the bounding box, background color, and hover background color, but I can't quite get the height and vertical alignment to play nice with one another. I'd post my CSS but it's such a mess at this point that I think it might be easier to just start from scratch, get a barebones CSS layout working, then move on from there.

P.S. I know I could use an instead of an anchor and hook up the onClick event to do the redirect. It's almost a matter of principle at this point now to get this right using an anchor (plus there are web spider considerations to take into consideration here).

How about

<a href="url"><input type="button" value="Cancel"></a>

I hope this will help.

<a href="url"><button>SomeText</button></a>

Links and inputs are very different things, used for very different purposes. Looks to me like you need a button for the cancel:


Or maybe an input:

<input type="button" value="Cancel"/>

The best you can get with simple styles would be something like:

.likeabutton {
    text-decoration: none; font: menu;
    display: inline-block; padding: 2px 8px;
    background: ButtonFace; color: ButtonText;
    border-style: solid; border-width: 2px;
    border-color: ButtonHighlight ButtonShadow ButtonShadow ButtonHighlight;
.likeabutton:active {
    border-color: ButtonShadow ButtonHighlight ButtonHighlight ButtonShadow;

(Possibly with some kind of fix to stop IE6-IE7 treating focused buttons as being ‘active’.)

This won't necessarily look exactly like the buttons on the native desktop, though; indeed, for many desktop themes it won't be possible to reproduce the look of a button in simple CSS.

However, you can ask the browser to use native rendering, which is best of all:

.likeabutton {
    appearance: button;
    -moz-appearance: button;
    -webkit-appearance: button;
    text-decoration: none; font: menu; color: ButtonText;
    display: inline-block; padding: 2px 8px;

Unfortunately, as you may have guessed from the browser-specific prefixes, this is a CSS3 feature that isn't suppoorted everywhere yet. In particular IE and Opera will ignore it. But if you include the other styles as backup, the browsers that do support appearance drop that property, preferring the explicit backgrounds and borders!

What you might do is use the appearance styles as above by default, and do JavaScript fixups as necessary, eg.:

<script type="text/javascript">
    var r= document.documentElement;
    if (!('appearance' in r || 'MozAppearance' in r || 'WebkitAppearance' in r)) {
        // add styles for background and border colours
        if (/* IE6 or IE7 */)
            // add mousedown, mouseup handlers to push the button in, if you can be bothered
            // add styles for 'active' button

Using CSS:

.button {
    display: block;
    width: 115px;
    height: 25px;
    background: #4E9CAF;
    padding: 10px;
    text-align: center;
    border-radius: 5px;
    color: white;
    font-weight: bold;

<a href="some_url" class="button ">Cancel</a>

Why not just use a button and call the url with JavaScript?

<input type="button" value="Cancel" onclick="location.href='url.html';return false;" />