Using the Background Element
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In this topic, we will illustrate how you can customize the background of a Web page by using the <background> element provided in VML.
As you've learned from the Use <fill> topic, you can place the <fill> sub-element inside the <shape>, <shapetype>, or any predefined shape element to describe how to fill the shape.
Similarly, you can place the <fill> sub-element inside the <background> element to describe how to fill the background of a Web page. You can then use the property attributes of the <fill> sub-element to customize the fill effect, such as gradient fill, pattern fill, or picture fill.
For example, to draw a gradient-filled background, you can type the following lines in the <BODY> region of your Web page:
<v:background fillcolor="red"> <v:fill type="gradient"/> </v:background>
For more information about this element, see the VML specification .