CSS Attribute Selectors

Style HTML Elements With Specific Attributes

It is possible to style HTML elements that have specific attributes, not just class and id.

Note: IE7 and IE8 support attribute selectors only if a !DOCTYPE is specified. Attribute selection is NOT supported in IE6 and lower.


Attribute Selector

The example below styles all elements with a title attribute:

[title]
{
color:blue;
}

Attribute and Value Selector

The example below styles all elements with title=”W3Schools”:

[title=W3Schools]
{
border:5px solid green;
}

Attribute and Value Selector – Multiple Values

The example below styles all elements with a title attribute that contains a specified value. This works even if the attribute has space separated values:

[title~=hello] { color:blue; }

The example below styles all elements with a lang attribute that contains a specified value. This works even if the attribute has hyphen ( – ) separated values:

[title~=hello] { color:blue; }

The example below styles all elements with a lang attribute that contains a specified value. This works even if the attribute has hyphen ( – ) separated values:

input[type="text"]
{
width:150px;
display:block;
margin-bottom:10px;
background-color:yellow;
}
input[type="button"]
{
width:120px;
margin-left:35px;
display:block;
}
[lang|=en] { color:blue; }

Styling Forms

The attribute selectors are particularly useful for styling forms without class or ID:

input[type="text"]
{
width:150px;
display:block;
margin-bottom:10px;
background-color:yellow;
}
input[type="button"]
{
width:120px;
margin-left:35px;
display:block;
}
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