FAQ: Selectors - Classes and IDs

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Even though we are learning CSS to add style to the website. But the current look of the web page is really ugly. The lesson could have instructed to create a beautiful website as well.

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I’ve been through the CSS lesson about the selectors and I have a question. So I’ve learnt that an HTML element can be selected by its type, id, class or even attribute. And now I know that at the specificity level: id > class > type. But what about the attribute? Does it have a specificity level? Where it might get “ranked”?

so agreed lmao like maybe a quick example with blatant stylizing but this course could def use a refresh.

Is there an easier way to give all the h2 elements the same class without having to go through each instance that the h2 elements appear?

Classes and IDs: Lesson 8 Part 1

"To demonstrate using classes on multiple elements, let’s give a few elements the same style.

In index.html , there are four <h2> elements. Give each of them a class of heading-background ."

h2 is a Type Selector, and can be targeted collectively without giving it a class. A type is a narrowly defined class, unto itself.

h2 {
    font-variant: small-caps;

The above selector rule will apply to all h2 elements in the document. It is commonly known as a, generic rule because it is so generally applied. As a type selector, is has specificity, 0 0 0 1 and is easy to override.

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When we look at how this is worded, heading-background when written as a class could be any heading element, or any text element that we are using visually as a heading.

For instance we could use some elements of a list as the list heading or subheading (this is reaching, but is valid)…

  <li class="heading-background">Dairy and Eggs</li>
  <li class="heading-background">Produce</li>
  <li class="heading-background">Meats</li>

We could still dial in the specificity so the LI can have added properties, such as font-weight: bold; or special color, etc.

li.heading-background {
  font-weight: bold;
  color: dark-gray;

Note that the class name is chained to the type selector. It means any LI with class name, …

It could instead be given a combinator rule on the parent…

ul .heading-background {


That would apply to any descendant of the UL which has that class name. Note the white space.

I apologize if this is redundant.

But what if there were hundreds or thousands of times h2 appeared in the code. Would the class, in this example, of heading-background have to be typed in to apply the class for h2 thousands of times over? Is there a faster way to do this in CSS or another way?

The style sheet only applies to one document, and if written with a decent outline there will only be a handful of headings.