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The Selectors tutorials

  • We can define selectors in various simple ways based on your comfort:


The Type Selectors

  • This is what’s known as a type selector because it instructs the browser to select all elements of a certain type (here, all h1s found in our markup) and render them in a red.


h1 { color: #FF0000; }


The Universal Selectors

  • Another selector with far-reaching authority, the universal selector, has a much broader scope than the type selector. Rather than selecting elements of a specific type, the universal selector quite simply matches the name of any element type. its notation is the asterisk, or wildcard symbol, as shown here:

  • This rule renders the content of every element in our document in blue.


* { color: #0000FF; }


The Descendant Selectors

  • Suppose you want to apply a style rule to a particular element only when it lies inside a particular element. As given in the following example, style rule will apply to <em> element only when it lies inside <ul> tag.

  • This rule begins with a descendant selector, and tells the browser to “select all em elements that are descendants of ul elements."


ul em { color: #00FF00; }


The Class Selectors

  • We can define style rules based on the class attribute of the elements. All the elements having that class will be formatted according to the defined rule.

  • Following rule renders the content in blue for every element with class attribute set to .blue in our document.


.blue { color: #0000ff; }


  • We can make it a bit more particular for example, following rule renders the content in blue for only <h1> elements with class attribute set to blue.


h1.blue { color: #0000ff; }


The Id Selectors

  • Similar to class selectors, id selectors enable you to select an element based on the id attribute.

  • While the class selector used a period (.), the id selector relies on a hash (#).

  • In this rule, renders the content in red for every element with id attribute set to red in our document.


#red { color: ff0000; }


  • We can make it a bit more particular. For example, following rule renders the content in red for only <h1> elements with id attribute set to red.


h1#red { color: ff0000; }


Child Selectors

  • A child selector matches when an element is the child of some element.

  • A child selector is made up of two or more selectors separated by ">".

  • The following rule sets the style of all P elements that are children of BODY:


body > P { line-height: 1.5 }


  • The following example combines descendant selectors and child selectors:

  • It matches a P element that is a descendant of an LI; the LI element must be the child of an OL element; the OL element must be a descendant of a DIV. Notice that the optional white space around the ">" combinator has been left out.


div ol>li p


Attribute Selectors

  • The CSS specification has defined attribute selectors. These selectors enable us to not only match on a given element’s class, but on any other attribute it possesses.

  • Denoted by a set of square brackets, attribute selectors can match in any of the ways shown in the following table. Where x is denoted as ‘Attribute’ and y is ‘value’.


Attribute Selector Syntax



Matches when the element has the specified x attribute, regardless of the value of that attribute.


Matches when the element’s x attribute has a value that is exactly y.


Matches when the value of the element’s x attribute is a space delimited list of words, one of which is exactly y.


Matches when the value of the element’s x attribute is a hyphen-separated list of words beginning with y.


Matches all elements with the specified x attribute that END with the specified value y.


Matches all element/attribute x combinations that have at least one occurrence of the indicated value y as a substring.


This is a special form of the Attribute Value Selector, allowing a portion of an attribute value to be exactly matched where the portions of the attribute value are separated by spaces.


Browser Compatibility:

  • Attribute selectors are not supported by Windows Internet Explorer 5, 5.5 and 6 or Internet Explorer 5 for Mac. They are also not supported by earlier versions of Opera.


Example: The following example shows the use of attribute selector, the example below styles all elements with a title attribute

In above example, the title attribute have red color effect. So in <h1 title> text color will be displayed in red, but in <h1> without title it will not apply any effect to text.

Note: Attribute selection is NOT supported in IE6 and lower. IE7 and IE8 support attribute selectors only if a !DOCTYPE is specified.


Example:Program to demonstrate CSS Attribute Selectors
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