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    Child selectors

    Summary

    The > combinator separates two selectors and matches only those elements matched by the second selector that are direct children of elements matched by the first. By contrast, when two selectors are combined with the descendant selector, the combined selector expression matches those elements matched by the second selector for which there exists an ancestor element matched by the first selector, regardless of the number of "hops" up the DOM.

    Syntax

    selector1 > selector2 { style properties }
    

    Example

    span { background-color: white; }
    div > span {
      background-color: DodgerBlue;
    }
    
    <div>
      <span>Span 1. In the div.
        <span>Span 2. In the span that's in the div.</span>
      </span>
    </div>
    <span>Span 3. Not in a div at all</span>
    

    Specifications

    Specification Status Comment
    Selectors Level 3
    The definition of 'child combinators' in that specification.
    Recommendation No change
    CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
    The definition of 'child selectors' in that specification.
    Recommendation Initial definition

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 7.0 (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

    Document Tags and Contributors

    Last updated by: MusikAnimal,