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CSS CSS Selectors Selectors - Beyond the Basics Styling Form Buttons and Links with Attribute Selectors

Andrew Sieg
Andrew Sieg
Full Stack JavaScript Techdegree Student 9,469 Points

My CSS styling for the "Forgot Password" link is not working.

I can't seem to find my error that prevents the CSS styling for my link...

<!DOCTYPE html>
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Nunito:400,300' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/base-style.css">
  <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/selectors.css">
    <div id="container">
        <form class="form-contact br">

          <label for="name">Name:</label> 
          <input type="text" id="name">

        <label for="email">Email:</label>
        <input type="email" id="email" placeholder="email@website.com">

        <label for="msg">Message:</label>
        <textarea id="msg" rows="7"></textarea>

          <input class="btn inln default" type="submit" value="Submit">
          <input class="btn inln error" type="reset" value="Reset"> 

        <img class="avatar rounded" src="img/avatar.png" alt="Mountains">

        <form class="form-login">
            <label for="username">Username:</label> 
            <input type="text" id="username">

            <label for="password">Password:</label>
            <input type="password" id="password">

            <input class="btn default" type="submit" value="Login">
      <a href="#" target="_blank">Forgot your password?</a> 
/* Attribute Selectors ------------- */

.form-contact {
  padding: 20px 24px;
  background: #f4f7f8;

#container {
  max-width: 500px;
  margin: auto;

input[type="email"] {
  background: #fdfee6;


a[target="_blank"] {
  color: #39add1;
  text-decoration: none;
  border-bottom: 1px dotted;

/* DRY Classes ------------- */

  .br {
  border-radius: .5em;

.avatar {
  display: block;
  margin: 0 auto 2em;

.rounded {
  border-radius: 50%;

.btn {
  cursor: pointer;
  font-size: .875em;
  font-weight: 400;
  color: #fff;
  padding-left: 20px;
  padding-right: 20px;
  text-transform: uppercase;

.btn:hover {
  opacity: .75;

.default {
    background-color: #52bab3;

.error {
  background-color: #ff784f;

@media (min-width: 769px) {
  .inln {
  width: auto;
  display: inline-block;

/* Combinators ------------- */

form > a {
  font-size: .7em;

1 Answer

Aaron Kaye
Aaron Kaye
10,948 Points

Try removing the extra curly brace:

input[type="email"] {
  background: #fdfee6;

} <-- This one

a[target="_blank"] {
  color: #39add1;
  text-decoration: none;
  border-bottom: 1px dotted;