CSS selector page template

Note: Remove this whole explanatory note before publishing

Page front matter:

The frontmatter at the top of the page is used to define "page metadata". The values should be updated appropriately for the particular selector.

title: :NameOfTheSelector
slug: Web/CSS/:NameOfTheSelector
  - CSS
  - Reference
  - Selector
  - NameOfTheSelector
  - Experimental
  - Deprecated
browser-compat: css.selectors.NameOfTheSelector

Title heading displayed at top of page. Format as :NameOfTheSelector. For example, the :hover selector has a title of :hover.


The end of the URL path after https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/). This will be formatted like Web/CSS/:NameOfTheSelector. For example, the the :hover selector slug is Web/CSS/:hover.


Always include the following tags: CSS, Reference, NameOfTheSelector (e.g. :hover).

Include the following tags as appropriate:

  • Type of selector: Layout, Basic Selectors, Combinators, Pseudo-classes, Pseudo-elements
  • Technology status: Experimental (if the technology is experimental), Deprecated (if it is deprecated).
  • Any other tags that represent terms people might search for related to the technology.

Replace the placeholder value css.selectors.NameOfTheSelector with the query string for the selector in the Browser compat data repo. The toolchain automatically uses the key to populate the compatibility and specifications sections (replacing the {{Compat}} and {{Specifications}} macros in those sections, respectively).

Note that you may first need to create/update an entry for the selector and its specification in our Browser compat data repo. See our guide on how to do this.

Top-of-page macros

A number of macro calls appear at the top of the content section (immediately below the page frontmatter). You should update or delete them according to the advice below:

  • {{SeeCompatTable}} — this generates a This is an experimental technology banner that indicates the technology is experimental). If the technology you are documenting is not experimental, you can remove this. If it is experimental, and the technology is hidden behind a pref in Firefox, you should also fill in an entry for it in the Experimental features in Firefox page.
  • {{Deprecated_Header}} — this generates a Deprecated banner that indicates that use of the technology is discouraged. If it isn't, then you can remove the macro call.
  • {{CSSRef}} — this must be present on every CSS selector page. It generates a suitable CSS sidebar, depending on what tags are included on the page. Remember to remove the {{MDNSidebar}} macro when you copy this page.

Syntax section ({{CSSSyntax}})

The content of the Syntax section is generated using the {{CSSSyntax}} macro. For these to populate you must ensure an appropriate entry has been filled in for the selector in our selectors.json data file. See selectors.md for more information.

Remember to remove this whole explanatory note before publishing

Experimental: This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

Deprecated: This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The summary paragraph — start by naming the selector and saying what it does. This should ideally be 1 or 2 short sentences.

/* Insert code block showing common use cases */


No syntax available: No value found in the database.


Fill in a simple example that nicely shows a typical usage of the selector, then perhaps some more complex examples (see our guide on how to add code examples for more information).

my code block

And/or include a list of links to useful code samples that live elsewhere:

  • x
  • y
  • z

Accessibility concerns

Optionally, warn of any potential accessibility concerns that exist with using this selector, and how to work around them. Remove this section if there are none to list.


No specification found

No specification data found for css.selectors.NameOfTheSelector.
Check for problems with this page or contribute a missing spec_url to mdn/browser-compat-data. Also make sure the specification is included in w3c/browser-specs.

Browser compatibility

No compatibility data found for css.selectors.NameOfTheSelector.
Check for problems with this page or contribute missing data to mdn/browser-compat-data.

See also

  • Include list of
  • other links related to
  • this Element that might
  • be useful