Which is the correct CSS syntax?

Understanding the Correct Syntax of CSS

When styling web pages, you'll use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) quite extensively. CSS is a simple design language that is intended to simplify the process of making web pages presentable. Understanding its syntax is fundamental to creating visually appealing websites.

The correct syntax for applying a CSS style to an HTML element is element { property: value; }. Each declaration includes a CSS property name and a value, separated by a colon. Then, the declaration is ended with a semicolon. In our quiz question, the correct answer is a {font-weight: bold; }.

This is how it works:

  • a: This is the selector. The selector points to the HTML element you want to style. In this case, it is pointing to the <a> tag (hyperlink).

  • font-weight: This is the CSS property. Properties are the ways you can style an HTML element. In this case, font-weight is used to specify the weight or thickness of the font.

  • bold: This is the value assigned to the CSS property. In this case, the hyperlink text would be displayed in bold.

Here's an example of how you might use this in your HTML:

<!DOCTYPE html>
  a {font-weight: bold;}

  <p>This is a <a href="#">hyperlink</a>.</p>


In this example, any hyperlink in the paragraph would be displayed in bold.

It's important to use the correct syntax to ensure that the browser correctly interprets your styling instructions. Incorrect syntax may result in styles not being applied as intended, leading to inconsistencies and visual defects in your webpage design. Following conventions and best practices also makes your code easier for others to read and understand.

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