Today, Jeffrey Zeldman shared a new alternative to the venerable Phark CSS image replacement method better known by its surely-that’s-far-enough negative 9999 pixel indent. I’ve long since found my own way so it is with a touch of nostalgia and a humble bow to Messrs Fahrner and Phark that I share my favorite alternative.

The idea is still based on a fixed size element (that matches the dimensions of the image to be displayed instead of it’s text equivalent. Overflow:hidden reliably ensures that whatever we push outside the box is invisible. The difference is in how it’s pushed. Instead of a negative index, I prefer to set the height of the element to zero and instead set the top padding to the desired height. The element still ends up the right size and the text is gently nudged from view via padding. Here’s an example:

.replaceme {
  width: 100px; /* image width */
  height: 0;
  padding-top: 50px; /* image height */
  display: inline-block;
  overflow: hidden;
  background: url(images/image.png);

Curious to hear what method you use.