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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Basic Selectors Descendant Selectors

having trouble with task 3 of 2 in CSS basis.

It is asking for CSS code to target the p tag inside the footer and change the color to slategrey.

I have added the code: .footer p { color: slategrey; }

It says it is wrong. Can you please advise?

/* Complete the challenge by writing CSS below */
.header span {
  font-size: 26px;

.main-content p {
  font-weight: bold;

.footer p {
  color: slategrey;
<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Lake Tahoe</title>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="page.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
      <span>Journey through the Sierra Nevada Mountains</span>
      <h1>Lake Tahoe, California</h1>
      Lake Tahoe is one of the most <span>breathtaking attractions</span> located in California. It's home to a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. Snow and skiing are a significant part of the area's reputation.
    <a href="#">Find out more</a>
    <div class="main-content">
      <h2>Check out all the Wildlife</h2>
        As spawning season approaches, the fish acquire a humpback and protuberant jaw. After spawning, they die and their carcasses provide a feast for gatherings of mink, bears, and Bald eagles.
      <a href="#">See the Wildlife</a>
      <p>All rights reserved to the state of <a href="#">California</a>.</p>

3 Answers

Hello Domenic,

It appears your stylesheet is referencing the classes header and footer, and not the header and footer elements themselves. You may have more success if you drop the leading periods (.) in your selectors.

/* instead of .header span */
header span {
    font-size: 26px;

/* Instead of .footer p */
footer p {
    color: slategrey;

Hi Rand,

Thank you. So when we are referencing classes I thought the correct syntex was .classes

So are the classes (.footer) and regular (footer) css different?

You've got it. To select a class, you must use .class-name, but to select an actual element (body, header, div, p), you simply use the name of the element.

/* This selects any "header" elements. Ex, <header></header> */
header {
    font-size: 26px;

/* This selects anything with the class "header". Ex, <div class="header"></div> */
.header {
    font-size: 26px;

Thank you...