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CSS CSS Selectors Selectors - Beyond the Basics Course Overview

Attribute selectors

when are attribute selectors important? because i can simply choose to use the class and ids instead of calling the properties too?

1 Answer

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,250 Points

There's a lot to learn about attribute selectors. I realise that ID selectors are very specific to a particular element but attribute selectors can offer you even more styling control.

For example, you can style an element of a specific attribute that has a specific value.

Let's say that you wanted to style links that always open in a new browser tab.

You do that with the target attribute of the anchor element.

a[target="_blank"] {
  background-color: red;
  padding: 5px;

Now, you can use any style you deem appropriate to let users know when they're opening links that will open a new tab.

Here's a link where you can read more about attribute selectors.