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Styling suiteBar and IE8

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Today I want to share little css tip for styling the suiteBar in SharePoint 2013 and making it work even in IE8. I needed to apply a green color to the suiteBar (#005128). It worked in all browsers except IE8:

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The reason why is a special css rule (in corev15.css) that only IE8 understands:

.ms-core-needIEFilter #suiteBarLeft {
filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient(GradientType=0,startColorstr=#ff0072c6,endColorstr=#ff0072c6);
}

I found this answer in an blog post written by Trace Armstrong: SharePoint 2013 – Branding the Top Bar and the Importance of Browser Testing. You could override this css rule with your colors, just dig into the msdn documentation.

What I needed though, was just a plain color, so I didn’t want to dig into that old progid-definitions. There is actually a simpler solution on social.msdn.microsoft.com. A guy called avshinnikov just overrides the “filter” rule by setting it to none. If you apply it only with id selector (#suiteBarLeft) then you have to put “!important” after that.

Fortunately I allready had my own css class on html tag which is a sort of a “namespace” for my selectors:

.takana-html #suiteBarLeft {
   background-color: #005128;
   filter: none;
}

The class .takana-html can have any name, of course, and it can be a class on a closer parent element to the suiteBar. The only goal for that is to make your css rules more important in your design in a natural way (and avoiding the “!important”). Eventhough many people use this principle without thinking about it, I’ve not found any info regarding this principle. I only heard Jeremy Foster and Michael Palermo talking about it and referring to it as “css namespaces” in a video course: Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start. Of course, the name isn’t unique, there is another thing called css namespaces. But the concept is really good.

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