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CSS Selectors Level 4
Not-so long ago I remember writing about CSS Selectors Level 3. Fast-forward 14 months, I'm now writing about the next specification of CSS that aims to improve and enhance CSS3 by introducing wide-range of new selectors and pseudo-classes.
CSS3 is the current evolution of CSS, in which the recommendations are split into modules that can be progressed independently. Instead of there being a CSS4, the modules have levels, like Level 3, Level 4 etc.
The complete specification has a lot of new selectors, but a few of them run the risk of getting dropped before the specification reaches candidate recommendation. Following is the list of new selectors that I think, are going to be the most useful ones,
The relational pseudo class
:has() accepts a list of selectors as an argument to target those elements that contain
atleast one element from the list.
/* Match <a> that has <img> as direct child */ a:has(> img) /* Match <dt> followed by another <dt> */ dt:has(+ dt) /* Match <section> not containing any header elements */ section:not(:has(h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6))
Multiple attribute selectors can be used to represent several attributes of an element, or several conditions on the same attribute.
/* Here, the selector represents a span element whose hello attribute has exactly the value 'Cleveland' and whose goodbye attribute has exactly the value 'Columbus' */ span[hello="Cleveland"][goodbye="Columbus"]
:dir() pseudo-class allows the author to write selectors that represent an element based on its
directionality as determined by the document language. The
:lang() pseudo-class represents an element
that is in one of the languages listed in its argument. It accepts a comma-separated list of one or more
language ranges as its argument.
:dir(ltr) # Matches all elements with 'dir' as 'ltr' / * Match elements with `lang` attribute defined either * as French or German / :lang(fr, de)
The :empty pseudo-class represents an element that has no children at all.
/ * For instance, to target a paragragh tag that has no children * at all [<p></p>], we could use / p:empty
:only-child pseudo-class represents an element that has no siblings at all. It is exactly same as
:nth-child(1):nth-last-child(1), but with a lower specificity.
/ * Match if the element is the only child of its parent, * like [<div><p></p></div>] / p:only-child
# Target every-even [img] element img:nth-of-type(2n) # Target the 2nd last [img] element img:nth-last-of-type(2n) # Target the first [img] element within its parent scope img:first-of-type # Target the last [img] element within its parent scope img:last-of-type # Target the [img] element when there is no similar # element within its parent scope img:only-of-type
There's no such thing as CSS4, as pointed out by Tab Atkins on his blog.