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Chapter 9. Adjusting Page Properties > Setting a Background Image

Setting a Background Image

A web page uses images in two different ways. The majority of images are placed on the page in the foreground, like laying out photos in a picture album. However, a page can also have an image placed in the background. Background images are special in several ways:

  • Only one background image can be used per page.

  • A background image is displayed underneath any text or other images on the page.

  • Background images inserted as a page property are always inserted in the upper-left corner of the window. Designers who are using CSS can designate where the image is placed.

  • By default, a browser fills the window with the background image. If the window is smaller than the image, you'll see only part of the image; if the window is the same size as the image, you'll see the entire image.

  • If a window is wider than the width of the background image, the browser repeats the image, left to right, as many times as necessary to fill the screen. Similarly, if the window is taller than the image, the browser repeats the image, top to bottom, until the window is filled. The property of repeating the image is called tiling. Tiling is automatic and can only be controlled by a CSS design.


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