FAQ: Selectors - Universal

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What are the different types of property that can be used? Here in the lesson we have border and color.

Hello, mine didn’t change to red after I carried out the instruction given both in the previous one and two.
and moreso I’m unable to paste anything I copied, is there any solution to that

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How does * function in relation to language semantics? Does it act like a pointer or like a container with key-value sets?

In the exercise we were asked to write the code with universal selector at the beginning of the document, is the order of the selectors in the code something to be wary of ?

So does the “*” universal selector trump any specific “type selector”?
For instance: p {
border: 1px solid red;

  • {
    border: 5px dotted blue

Will the “p” element selector run?

I have found that when coping code syntax into the ccs editor, the copy text isn’t always recognized.
When I typed the code itself into the ccs editor it typically works.
I know that sounds like a pain, but it was the only way I got some of the lessons to function well.

I am certain that by now this was figured out; however, in the event someone else has the same issue later hopefully this post will help.


Confirmed that manually typing in the code in this particular exercise solved the above issue of the red borders not displaying. Thanks!

I know that “*” in the code below

  • {
    font-family: Verdana;

means all in terms of universal selector is there a reason it needs to be in the beginning of the css code or can it be anywhere in the code?

Hello, What is the main difference between universal selectors and selector? and in what situations are the best to use different types of universal selectors?