CSS Id and Class

The id and class Selectors

In addition to setting a style for a HTML element, CSS allows you to specify your own selectors called “id” and “class”.

The id Selector

The id selector is used to specify a style for a single, unique element.

The id selector uses the id attribute of the HTML element, and is defined with a “#”.

The style rule below will be applied to the element with id=”para1″:


Remark Do NOT start an ID name with a number! It will not work in Mozilla/Firefox.

The class Selector

The class selector is used to specify a style for a group of elements. Unlike the id selector, the class selector is most often used on several elements.

This allows you to set a particular style for many HTML elements with the same class.

The class selector uses the HTML class attribute, and is defined with a “.”

In the example below, all HTML elements with will be center-aligned:

.center {text-align:center;}

You can also specify that only specific HTML elements should be affected by a class.

In the example below, all p elements with class=”center” will be center-aligned:

p.center {text-align:center;}

Do NOT start a class name with a number! This is only supported in Internet Explorer.