Where image can be a GIF or a JPG image. Newer browsers also supports
Using tiled-background-image was a popular rage not so long
ago, when the web was new. Arguably, it makes the web more
interesting... but often, it could also make a page harder to
navigate. For example, bad
choice of colors can ruin a page and make the page unreadable.
As the web matures, web designers began to stray away from using
tiled-backgrounds. This is probably inevitable. Not only
a tiled-background can make the text on
a page hard or even impossible
to read, it can also make a page look quite messy and unprofessional.
Technically, background-images serve no necessary purpose.
It's certainly not critical (meaning that a web page can still
function without using a background image.) Still,
there are cases where background-image can enhance a site, at
least perhaps aesthetically. For example, using tiled background
as a separate layer
below a table is quite common. In this way, the background
will not obstruct the text, and the text is still readable.
For something like this, generally, it's better to use an
image that is not
too complex. Also, try to avoid too many colors or contrasting
patterns, as they tend to distract the eye.
Another example where background-image is useful is to
display a logo on the background;
or to create a sidebar. For something like this, it's probably better to keep it simple, and always make sure the text
Some samples images that can be tiled as baground are shown below. Not all of these images
are good when used as background. In fact, I think most are
not, especially if
not used carefully - although I have used some of them at some
point. They are shown here for historical
purpose and as design considerations. Each image has
been designed to appear as a seamless background. (IE users can move
the mouse over a tile to see the effect.)
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