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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Understanding Values and Units Font Properties

Can I write a font-family property under any number of elements I want?

Hi just wondering,

Suppose in this example, under h1, I put ANOTHER font-family property with three different types of fonts (diff from the ones used for the <body> element). What would happen then? Would the browser get confused because there is already a font-family property in the <body> element?

Do you have to be careful about these things?


3 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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Properties set on different elements will not interact. And because of the "cascade" nature of CSS, when properties are set on the same element in different rules, the last setting of the same precedence level overrides all others.

Update: "Last setting" refers to the order of the CSS file. When there is conflict, only the last one is used.

"Precedence level" refers to the specificity of the selector used. For example, a class selector takes precedence over a tag selector. See this MDN page on Specificity for more details.

In short, yes you can. Any rule you write for the child element will override any given rule to the parent element. <h1> being the child element nested inside <body> will inherit the characteristics of <body> unless otherwise defined.

The different type of fonts you include in font-family should also always relate to each other, like in the video with Helvetica Neue, Helvetica and Arial all being sans-serif fonts.

As a design tip, it is a good practice to limit the fonts you use in a website to no more than 3 for a more structured and professional look.