initial-value

Experimental

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

The initial-value CSS descriptor is required when using the @property at-rule unless the syntax accepts any valid token stream. It sets the initial-value for the property.

The value chosen as the initial-value must parse correctly according to the syntax definition. Therefore, if syntax is <color> then the initial-value must be a valid color value.

Syntax

@property --property-name {
  syntax: '<color>';
  inherits: false;
  initial-value: #c0ffee;
}

@property --property-name {
  syntax: '<color>';
  inherits: true;
  initial-value: #c0ffee;
}

Values

A string with a value which is a correct value for the chosen syntax.

Formal definition

Related at-rule@property
Initial valuen/a (required)
Computed valueas specified

Formal syntax

<string>

Examples

Add type checking to --my-color custom property, as a color, the initial-value being a valid color:

Using CSS @property at-rule:

@property --my-color {
  syntax: '<color>';
  inherits: false;
  initial-value: #c0ffee;
}

Using JavaScript CSS.registerProperty:

window.CSS.registerProperty({
  name: '--my-color',
  syntax: '<color>',
  inherits: false,
  initialValue: '#c0ffee',
});

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Properties and Values API Level 1
The definition of 'initial-value' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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See also