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The specified value of a CSS property is the value which was explicitly set for the property, either from the stylesheet directly or, if not present in the style for the current element, from the parent element if possible. The selected value is determined in one of three ways.

  1. If the document's stylesheet has specified a value for the property then it will be used. For example; if the color property is set to green then the text color of the corresponding element will be green.
  2. If the document's stylesheet has not specified a value then it will be inherited form the parent element (if possible). For example; if we have a paragraph (<p>) inside a <div> and the <div> has a CSS font property value of "Arial" and the <p> doesn't have a font property defined then it will inherit the Arial font.
  3. If none of the above are available, the initial value for the element as specified by the CSS specification is applied.


Specification Status Comment
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'cascaded value' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

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