Finally, the standard is here for creating non-browser-specific CSS gradients across all the latest, standards-compliant browsers!
<a href="#" class="grad">Simple Gradient Hurray!</a>
(if you’re not seeing a gradient, your browser doesn’t support linear-gradient yet)
So beautifully simple.
Simple Fail-safe for Older Browsers
background-color:#09f — Use this to set a solid background color for older browsers that do not support CSS3 gradients. Whatever the primary color of the gradient is suppose to be. Better than it just resolving to a default or transparent background.
Fully Cross-browser-friendly Version
https://css-tricks.com/css3-gradients/ — CSS-Tricks is a wonderful and rich site for web designers and this is a good technique. I personally just do not like using proprietary (browser-specific) code. I’m a purist in that sense.