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Overview

Through summaries of key concepts and CSS examples, this article aims to describe how you can override FSS styles and classes with your own CSS styles.

More technical details and background information regarding the CSS concepts  are provided at the W3C.

Key Concepts

Inheritance

The structure of HTML is hierarchical and can be compared to a tree structure, where one element, or HTML tag (eg. <body>, <p>) has the following properties:

  1. It can contain several "child" elements
  2. It belongs to only one "parent" element
  3. It can have several "ancestor" elements (parents of its parent element)
  4. It can have several "descendent" elements (children of its child elements)

CSS can support such a structure by allowing

Style sheet origins

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Author

User

User Agent

Cascade

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!importance declaration

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Specificity

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Overriding an Entire Class

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Overriding an Instance of a Class

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