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CSS Tip: Adjacent Sibling Selector vs nth-child

With CSS, if you need to style a specific child sibling you can use the nth-child selector:

But if you still need to support legacy browsers (IE8), you need to use a :first-child selector and an adjacent sibling selector instead:


CSS Selector Types

A CSS selector is the part of a CSS rule set that actually selects the content you want to style. Let’s look at all the different kinds of selectors available.

The universal selector works like a wild card character, selecting all elements on a page.

The three lines of code inside the curly braces (color, font-size, and line-height) will apply to all elements on the HTML page. The universal selector is declared using an asterisk. Read more ›