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Custom underline color for links.

Posted in Code Snippets with tags , , , , on March 18, 2013 by chrispikul510

If you’re looking for a CSS way to change the underline color to something different then the text color, I may have your answer. The HTML is easy, especially if you want the colors universal. But you can add classes where its obvious.


<a href="#"><u> Link with custom underline color </u></a>


a, a:visited {
text-decoration: none;
color: #3C5160;
a u {
text-decoration: none;
display: inline-block;
border: none;
border-bottom: 1px solid #CDDBE2;
line-height: 90%;

The line-height line may not work on all browsers as a percentage. But its essentially optional. It just adjusts where the border is to make it look more like a proper text underline.

Auto Filling Fonts

Posted in Code Snippets with tags , , on February 12, 2013 by chrispikul510

So I needed some code that would automatically set a span’s font-size to one that would fill the width of its parent container. So I wrote one for jQuery. I’ve seen some other plugins and such, but instead of having to link in another source, I wrote one that can be housed in a single function.

The function searches for any and all spans that have the “autoFill” class on them and runs the calculations. It also searches for an optional data-line-spacing attribute that will modify the line spacing. By default the line-spacing is set to the same as the font size. The line-spacing attribute is expected to be a percentage float (0.0 – 1.0+). I chose this format because the sizing is meant to be dynamic, percentages seem more fitting.


function refreshAutoFill() {
    $('span.autoFill').each(function() {
       var elem = $(this);
       var par = $(this).parent();
       if(elem && par) {
           var fontSize = (par.width()/elem.width())*parseInt(elem.css('font-size'));
           var linespacing ='line-spacing');
           if(linespacing==0 || linespacing==null) {
           } else {
               linespacing = parseFloat(linespacing);
               'font-size': Math.floor(fontSize)+'px',
               'line-height': (Math.floor(fontSize)*linespacing)+'px'
           if(fontSize-Math.floor(fontSize)>0.5) {

View extended jsFiddle version