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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Basic Selectors Class Selectors

Nana Ackah
Nana Ackah
Courses Plus Student 1,935 Points

Hi everyone a beginner here, I am trying to link my css sheet to html file but seems not to be working any help?

I'm using Atom as my text editor.

2 Answers

Rich Donnellan
Rich Donnellan
Treehouse Moderator 27,671 Points

Did you put something like this in the <head> section of your HTML file?

<link rel="stylesheet"  href="{path/to/css/file}">


Nana Ackah
Nana Ackah
Courses Plus Student 1,935 Points

Yes I did for some reason I thought the issue was something related to preview so I downloaded a setting on Atom and now I'm getting troubleshooting?!

Shay Paustovsky
Shay Paustovsky
969 Points

Hi Nana,

Linking to an external CSS document is done using the "<link> tag

<link rel="stylesheet" href=""> 

Is a self closing/empty element therefore it doesn't need a closing counterpart tag.

The "rel" attribute describes the current relationship of the document being linked to the current document where it's being linked to.

In this example "stylesheet" value describes that the file being linked is a stylesheet to the current HTML document.

The "href" attribute describes the path to the file in the website's folder structure.

So in conclusion a <link> tag might look like this in a website:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="CSS/stylesheet.css">

This is one of the 3 CSS author rules:

  • External (<link>)
  • Internal (<style></style> - Tags are writted in the 'head' of the document and CSS rules are written between them.)
  • Inline (<style="property:value;")

Hope this helped,

Happy Coding