CSS: Specificity

When styling a page you might wonder how the browser picks which rule to apply. Specificity plays a core role in rule selection. There are other considerations that a browser makes based on origin and importance but I’ll leave that for another post.

Specificity is calculated into a concatenated value created from the selector of a Rule. The concatenated value looks like this.

A Inline Style
B Element ID
C Class
D Element (Type)


As you can see from the example inline styles are given the highest specificity and are very hard to override. That is why it is generally a bad idea to use inline styles in your markup.

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