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Stumped by li a: hover
problems with text underline on mouse hover

Msg#: 4297636 posted 4:11 pm on Apr 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

So I've been trying initiate the hover psuedo class for links on my nav-bar. The code looks fine, so I'm thinking this issue may have to do with my using HTML5. I'd LOVE some help. Thanks. Here's the HTML and the CSS i'm using to style it.

<li><a href="/studio.html">studio</a></li>
<li><a href="/services.html">services</a></li>
<li><a href="/portfolio.html">portfolio</a></li>
<li><a href="/contact.html">contact</a></li>


nav {
background-image: url(../images/backgrounds/nav_bg.png);
height: 40px;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
display: block;

font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif;
margin: 0px;
padding-left: 265px;
line-height: 40px;
white-space: nowrap;

list-style: none;
display: inline;

li a{
text-decoration: none;
color: #ccccbb;
padding: 7px 35px;

li a: hover{
text-decoration: underline;
color : #ccccbb;




WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 4297636 posted 6:17 pm on Apr 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Welcome aboard breaker. I thought this at first, then validated an html 5 doc to verify it. You're going to laugh.

Take the space out in a: hover.


The pseudo class selector is not like setting rules, spaces mean something different in a selector. My **guess** is it's parsed as an anchor pseudo class


with no name (null)

which contains some element tag "hover". Like this

#container h1 a

means an element with the id of container, containing an h1, inside which there is an anchor.

The W3C CSS Validator [jigsaw.w3.org] probably would have alerted you to this too.


Msg#: 4297636 posted 6:45 pm on Apr 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yup! You nailed it, rocknbil. Thanks a ton! And I will familiarize myself with jigsaw.w3.org. Thanks again!

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