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CSS CSS Foundations Selectors Link and User Action Pseudo-Classes

Sean Flanagan
Sean Flanagan
33,232 Points

Background colour of links

Hi. I've set the background colour of my links to yellow but when I hover my pointer over them, the yellow doesn't show. Does anyone know why, please?

Here's my HTML:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Link and User Action Pseudo-Classes</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/css_foundations_style.css">
    <h1>CSS Pseudo-Classes</h1>
    <a href="#a">Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet</a>
    <p>Consectetur adipiscing elit. Vivamus sed egestas tortor, vel tincidunt dolor. Maecenas euismod auctor massa ut convallis.Nullam tempor erat eget nulla auctor modeltie.</p>
    <a href="#b">Duis ut velit faucibus</a>
    <p>Proin orci arcu, dapibus vel faucibus in, commodo in nunc. Vestibulum erat dolor laoreet nec cursus non, luctus ut elit. In sed congue lectus, id ullamcorper massa.</p>
    <a href="#c" target="_blank">View more in a new tab &raquo;</a>
        <input type="text" name="name" placeholder="name">
        <input type="text" name="email" placeholder="email">
        <input type="submit" name="submit">

And here's my CSS:

body {
    margin: 0;
    padding: .8% 24%;
    font: 1.1em/1.5 sans-serif;

p {
    padding 3px;

form {
    margin-top: 30px;

input {
    font-size: inherit;

input[type="text"] {
    display: block;
    margin-bottom: 15px;
    padding: 10px;
    width: 250px;
    border: 2px solid steelblue;

input[type="submit"] {
    width: 100px;
    height: 40px;
    border: none;
    background: steelblue;
    color: white;
    font-size: inherit;

/* Pseudo-classes */

a:link {
    color: red;

a:visited {
    color: green;

a:active {
    font-size: 26px;

a:hover {
    color: white;
    text-decoration: none;
    background-color: tomato;

:focus {
    background-color: yellow;

Thanks for any help that gets offered.

3 Answers

Does it turn white, with tomato background?

If so delete the a:hover selector/pseudo element and following code.

Nicholas Olsen
Nicholas Olsen
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 19,342 Points

Here is the problem. :focus {} targets any element that currently has the focus. So, if you it the tab button a few times, you'll see your different links light up the way you want them to.

If you want to change the background color to yellow when the user hovers over it, you'll need to change the background-color from tomato to yellow in the a:hover selector.

Sean Flanagan
Sean Flanagan
33,232 Points

Hi Nicholas. I changed the background colour to yellow like you said and the links went yellow when I hovered the pointer over them. Thanks.