The CSS type selector matches elements by node name. In other words, it selects all elements of the given type within a document.

/* All <a> elements. */
a {
  color: purple;
}

Syntax

element { style properties }

Example

CSS

span {
  background-color: skyblue;
}

HTML

<span>Here's a span with some text.</span>
<p>Here's a p with some text.</p>
<span>Here's a span with more text.</span>

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of 'Type (tag name) selector' in that specification.
Working Draft No changes
Selectors Level 3
The definition of 'type selectors' in that specification.
Recommendation No changes
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'type selectors' in that specification.
Recommendation  
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'type selectors' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1121 Yes Yes Yes
Nampespaces (ns|elementName) Yes Yes1981.3
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
Nampespaces (ns|elementName) Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

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