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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Basic Selectors Descendant Selectors

why does setting text color to white eliminate bullet points?

why does setting text color to white eliminate bullet points in this list item?

ul li {

background-color: tomato;

color: white;

margin-bottom: 5px;


Mike White
Mike White
23,234 Points

Hey William,

It doesn't get rid of the bullet points. Try setting the background color of the ul element to black and see what happens.

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,645 Points

Setting the color to white wouldn't eliminate the bullets.

But if your background is also white, you just wouldn't see them.

Thanks guys, for some reason I didn't realize bullet points could be changed with the color property!

Hey William. It seems you've set the background color of ONLY the list item itself to tomato and the text of that the same list item to white but bullets next to list items are by default set to appear outside of the list item's background space. Is it possible that the bullet seems to disappear because the background of the parent element (e.g. the div containing the <ul>) is also white and you're simply looking for the bullet in the tomato colored area of the <li> instead?

If you haven't figured out a solution yet I'd recommend trying to add the a list-style-position: inside; declaration to the CSS and seeing if you can see the bullet then.. Guil Hernandez talks more about this here: https://teamtreehouse.com/library/css-basics/basic-layout/lists Hope this helps.