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William Riddle
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William Riddle
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Why won't my nav turn to white letters with an orange background?

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset= "utf-8"> <title>BillRiddle|Designer</title> <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/normalize.css"> <style> nav a { color: white; background-color: orange; }

  </style>

</head> <body> <header> <a href ="index.html"> <h1>Bill Riddle</h1> <h2>Designer</h2> </a> <nav> <ul> <li><a href="index.html"></a>Portfolio</li> <li><a href="about.html"></a>About</li> <li><a href="contact.html"></a>Contact</li>

    </ul>
  </nav>
  </header>
  <section>
    <ul>
      <li>
        <a href="img/numbers-01.jpg">
        <img src="img/numbers-01.jpg" alt="">
        <p>Experimentation with color and texture. </p>
        </a>

      </li>
      <li>
        <a href="img/numbers-02.jpg">
        <img src="img/numbers-02.jpg" alt="">
        <p>Playing with blending modes in Photoshop. </p>
        </a>

      </li>
      <li>
        <a href="img/numbers-06.jpg">
        <img src="img/numbers-06.jpg" alt="">
        <p>Trying to create an 80s style of glows. </p>
        </a>

      </li>
      <li>
        <a href="img/numbers-09.jpg">
        <img src="img/numbers-09.jpg" alt="">
        <p>Drips created using Photoshop brushes</p>
        </a>

      </li>
      <li>
        <a href="img/numbers-12.jpg">
        <img src="img/numbers-12.jpg" alt="">
        <p>Creating shapes using repetation. </p>
        </a>

      </li>


      </ul>           
  </section>
  <footer>
    <a href="http://twitter.com/BillRiddle3"><img src="img/twitter-wrap.png" alt="Twitterlogo"></a>
    <a href="http://facebook.com/william.riddle.587"><img src="img/facebook-wrap.png" alt="Facebook logo"></a>
    <p>&copy; 2017 Bill Riddle</p>
  </footer>
</body>

</html>

3 Answers

It appears as though your text is outside of the anchor tags in your nav element. This causes the anchor element to collapse in on itself and become (basically) nonexistent. If you move the text before the anchors' closing tags, you should be good.

Bryce Santos
Bryce Santos
11,157 Points

Mike's got the right answer. So some of the code will end up looking like this

<nav> 
        <ul> 
          <li><a href="index.html">Portfolio</a></li> 
          <li><a href="about.html">About</a></li> 
          <li><a href="contact.html">Contact</a></li>
       </ul>
    </nav>