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CSS Selectors: An easy dose

CSS selectors are used to select the HTML elements in a web page that we want to style. Selectors are the part of CSS syntax. There are different kinds of CSS selectors which allows us to select desired HTML elements and content.

CSS Selectors

Selector Example Description
.class .cname Selects all elements with class=”cname”
#id .idname Selects the element with id=”idname”
* * Selects all elements
element p Selects all <p> elements
element,element div,p Selects all <div> elements and all <p> elements
element element div p Selects all <p> elements inside <div> elements
element > element div > p Selects all <p> elements where the parent is a <div> element
element + element div + p Selects all <p> elements that are placed immediately after <div> elements
element ~ element div ~ p Selects every <ul> element that are preceded by a <p> element
[attribute] [target] Selects all elements with a target attribute
[attribute=value] [target=_blank] Selects all elements with target=”_blank”
[attribute~=value] [title~=flower] Selects all elements with a title attribute containing the word “flower”
[attribute|=value] [lang|=en] Selects all elements with a lang attribute value starting with “en”
[attribute^=value] a[href^=”https”] Selects every <a> element whose href attribute value begins with “https”
[attribute$=value] a[href$=”.pdf”] Selects every <a> element whose href attribute value ends with “.pdf”
[attribute*=value] a[href*=”w3schools”] Selects every <a> element whose href attribute value contains the substring “w3schools”
:active a:active Selects the active link
::after p::after Insert something after the content of each <p> element
::before p::before Insert something before the content of each <p> element
:checked input:checked Selects every checked <input> element
:default input:default Selects the default <input> element
:disabled input:disabled Selects every disabled <input> element
:empty p:empty Selects every <p> element that has no children (including text nodes)
:enabled input:enabled Selects every enabled <input> element
:first-child p:first-child Selects every <p> element that is the first child of its parent
::first-letter p::first-letter Selects the first letter of every <p> element
::first-line p::first-line Selects the first line of every <p> element
:first-of-type p:first-of-type Selects every <p> element that is the first <p> element of its parent
:focus input:focus Selects the input element which has focus
:hover a:hover Selects links on mouse over
:in-range input:in-range Selects input elements with a value within a specified range
:indeterminate input:indeterminate Selects input elements that are in an indeterminate state
:invalid input:invalid Selects all input elements with an invalid value
:lang(language) p:lang(it) Selects every <p> element with a lang attribute equal to “it” (Italian)
:last-child p:last-child Selects every <p> element that is the last child of its parent
:last-of-type :last-of-type Selects every <p> element that is the last <p> element of its parent
:link a:link Selects all unvisited links
:not(selector) :not(p) Selects every element that is not a <p> element
:nth-child(n) p:nth-child(2) Selects every <p> element that is the second child of its parent
:nth-last-child(n) p:nth-last-child(2) Selects every <p> element that is the second child of its parent, counting from the last child
:nth-last-of-type(n) p:nth-last-of-type(2) Selects every <p> element that is the second <p> element of its parent, counting from the last child
:nth-of-type(n) p:nth-of-type(2) Selects every <p> element that is the second <p> element of its parent
:only-of-type p:only-of-type Selects every <p> element that is the only <p> element of its parent
:only-child p:only-child Selects every <p> element that is the only child of its parent
:optional input:optional Selects input elements with no “required” attribute
:out-of-range input:out-of-range Selects input elements with a value outside a specified range
::placeholder ::placeholder Selects input elements with placeholder text
:read-only input:read-only Selects input elements with the “readonly” attribute specified
:read-write input:read-write Selects input elements with the “readonly” attribute NOT specified
:required input:required Selects input elements with the “required” attribute specified
:root :root Selects the document’s root element
::selection ::selection Selects the portion of an element that is selected by a user
:target #news:target Selects the current active #news element (clicked on a URL containing that anchor name)
:valid input:valid Selects all input elements with a valid value
:visited a:visited Selects all visited links

 

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