Month: March 2011

Making homemade yogurt

I made yogurt for the first time this weekend and it was surprisingly easy! I used the recipe at A Year of Slow Cooking.

Then I made a video of it to submit to Get Rich Slowly’s video contest. That part was fun, too!

The hardest part was really getting the fruit to taste the way you like it. It took a few tries to figure out the optimal ratio of pureed peaches to yogurt (I went with 1 part peaches, 2 parts yogurt) and only after adding a tiny drizzle of honey did it taste as sweet as we like it.

I used GarageBand (on the Mac) to edit the music down to less than two minutes and iMovie to produce the movie using its built-in transitions and text effects.

UPDATE: Oh yeah. The receipt shows the yogurt at $0.79 but I listed $1.00 in my calculations. That particular receipt that I scrounged up listed non-organic yogurt on sale. $1.00 seemed to be the average at my local store for organic yogurt.

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Adding rounded corners to web part header for SharePoint 2010

I wanted to add rounded corners to the out-of-the-box web part header in a SharePoint 2010 site. Looking around in Google’s initial results, I found a couple references to Heather Solomon’s article about adding rounded corners to a web part header in a 2007 site, but I didn’t especially love that the rounded corner didn’t go all the way to the right edge:

At this point, I have to admit that I didn’t dive much further into Google results, but decided to have a go at it on my own. If I had spent a little bit of extra time, I might have found Rich Whitworth’s article about using jQuery to add classes to the table cells of the web part header which would then give you an easy way to hook in the CSS. Or I might have seen Kyle Schaeffer’s article on using CSS and images to add rounded corners, which is pretty close to what I ended up doing. … But I didn’t, so here’s what I ended up doing on my own.

I’m going to go through a couple different examples:

  • A gradient rounded header bar using images and CSS
  • A rounded header bar using CSS3

These will all be based on the same general principle, but perhaps the slight differences and examples will be helpful.

The basic idea

Here is the HTML for the table that holds the web part header. As you can see, the row has a class of .ms-WPHeader. Then, there are up to five table cells involved:

  • td.ms-wpTdSpace – the first spacer cell on the left
  • td.ms-WPHeaderTd – the cell that holds the title
  • td.ms-WPHeaderTdMenu – the cell with the dropdown arrow; only shows if you have editing privileges
  • td.ms-WPHeaderTdSelection – the cell with the select checkbox; only shows if you have editing privileges and if it’s available
  • td.ms-wpTdSpace – the last spacer cell on the right

In order to attach a background image or color, I’ll apply styles to all the table cells by using .ms-WPHeader td. To add on the rounded corners, I’ll apply styles to td.ms-wpTdSpace – the spacer cells on the left and right – and use the :first-child pseudo-class to target the left spacer cell and modify it as much as I need to. Finally, I’ll work with .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu, which has some border styles applied by the default core CSS and a hover background effect, so that it doesn’t clash with my new header bar styles.

Ready? Let’s go!

A gradient rounded header bar using images and CSS

Let’s start with a gradient rounded header bar using images and CSS, which will compatible across most browsers, including IE7 and 8. Here are the two images I’ll be using – “bg-bar.png” for the repeated background, and “bg-barcorners.png” for the left and right corners.

Now, let’s add the CSS. I’ll start with applying the repeated background image to all the table cells:

.ms-WPHeader td { background: url('../images/bg-bar.png') repeat-x; border-bottom: none !important;  }

Here’s what it looks like:

That little gap on the right has to do with some of the border settings on the .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu cell — we’ll deal with that later.

For now, let’s apply the rounded corners to the left and right table cells. I’ll apply the background image to any table cell with .ms-wpTdSpace and position it to show the top right, then use the :first-child pseudoclass to move the background image to the top left so that the corner shows up properly.

.ms-WPHeader td.ms-wpTdSpace { background: url('../images/bg-barcorners.png') top right; }
.ms-WPHeader td:first-child.ms-wpTdSpace { background-position: top left; }

Wasn’t that easy?

The rest of this is just fine-tuning. I’m going to change the color of the title text to be white (both the normal title text and any linked title text) and remove the border from .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu to get rid of that gap. I’ll also add some styling to the .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu hover state so that the hover effect goes more with my color scheme.

.ms-WPHeader h3, .ms-WPHeader h3 a { color: #fff; }
.ms-WPHeaderTdMenu { border: none !important; }
.s4-wpcell:hover .ms-WPHeader .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu:hover { background: #c3e298; }

Here’s how it looks now:

Here’s the complete CSS code for those of you who like to just copy and paste:

.ms-WPHeader td { background: url('../images/bg-bar.png') repeat-x; border-bottom: none !important;  }
.ms-WPHeader td.ms-wpTdSpace { background: url('../images/bg-barcorners.png') top right; }
.ms-WPHeader td:first-child.ms-wpTdSpace { background-position: top left; }
.ms-WPHeader h3, .ms-WPHeader h3 a { color: #fff; }
.ms-WPHeaderTdMenu { border: none !important; }
.s4-wpcell:hover .ms-WPHeader .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu:hover { background: #c3e298; }

A rounded header bar using CSS3

For an even quicker solution that doesn’t involve using images, you can use CSS3 to add rounded corners to the header bar. This solution won’t work in IE7 or IE8 but should work in IE9, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome.

If you look at the code below, I used a background color in place of a background image, then rounded the corners using CSS3 properties.

.ms-WPHeader td { background: #7bb42d; border-bottom: none !important;  }
.ms-WPHeader td.ms-wpTdSpace { -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 5px; border-top-right-radius: 5px; }
.ms-WPHeader td:first-child.ms-wpTdSpace { -moz-border-radius-topright: 0px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 0px; border-top-right-radius: 0px; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px; -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 5px; border-top-left-radius: 5px; }
.ms-WPHeader h3, .ms-WPHeader h3 a { color: #fff; }
.ms-WPHeaderTdMenu { border: none !important; }
.s4-wpcell:hover .ms-WPHeader .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu:hover { background: #c3e298; }

Here’s what it looks like:

You can even use CSS3 to add a background gradient to duplicate the look from my first example.

.ms-WPHeader td { background: #7bb42d; background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left bottom, left top, color-stop(0, rgb(124,180,45)), color-stop(1, rgb(176,210,128))); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient( center bottom, rgb(124,180,45) 0%, rgb(176,210,128) 100%); border-bottom: none !important;  }
.ms-WPHeader td.ms-wpTdSpace { -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 5px; border-top-right-radius: 5px; }
.ms-WPHeader td:first-child.ms-wpTdSpace { -moz-border-radius-topright: 0px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 0px; border-top-right-radius: 0px; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px; -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 5px; border-top-left-radius: 5px; }
.ms-WPHeader h3, .ms-WPHeader h3 a { color: #fff; }
.ms-WPHeaderTdMenu { border: none !important; }
.s4-wpcell:hover .ms-WPHeader .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu:hover { background: #c3e298; }

Just for an extra variation and a slightly different look, you can add rounded corners to the bottom edges of the web part header by using more border-radius properties. Notice that I also added .ms-WPBorder { border: none; } to remove the border from any web parts that might have the border showing.

.ms-WPHeader td { background: #7bb42d; background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, left bottom, left top, color-stop(0, rgb(124,180,45)), color-stop(1, rgb(176,210,128))); background-image: -moz-linear-gradient( center bottom, rgb(124,180,45) 0%, rgb(176,210,128) 100%); border-bottom: none !important;  }
.ms-WPHeader td.ms-wpTdSpace { -moz-border-radius-topright: 5px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 5px; border-top-right-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 5px; -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 5px; border-bottom-right-radius: 5px; }
.ms-WPHeader td:first-child.ms-wpTdSpace { -moz-border-radius-topright: 0px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 0px; border-top-right-radius: 0px; -moz-border-radius-bottomright: 0px; -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius: 0px; border-bottom-right-radius: 0px; -moz-border-radius-topleft: 5px; -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 5px; border-top-left-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius-bottomleft: 5px; -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius: 5px; border-bottom-left-radius: 5px; }
.ms-WPHeader h3, .ms-WPHeader h3 a { color: #fff; }
.ms-WPHeaderTdMenu { border: none !important; }
.s4-wpcell:hover .ms-WPHeader .ms-WPHeaderTdMenu:hover { background: #c3e298; }
.ms-WPBorder { border: none; }

Hope you find this helpful!

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