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CSS - Pseudo-class :active


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Description

The :active pseudo-class is used to add special effect to an activated element.

While defining pseudo-classes in a <style>...</style> block, following points should be taken care −

  • a:hover MUST come after a:link and a:visited in the CSS definition in order to be effective.

  • a:active MUST come after a:hover in the CSS definition in order to be effective.

  • Pseudo-class names are not case-sensitive.

  • Pseudo-class are different from CSS classes but they can be combined.

Possible Values

  • color − Any valid color value.

Applies to

Anchor / Link element.

Example

Following is the example which demonstrates how to use :active class to change the color of active links.

Live Demo
<html>
   <head>
      <style type = "text/css">
         a:active {color: #FF00CC}
      </style>
   </head>

   <body>
      <a href = "/html/index.htm">Click This Link</a>
   </body>
</html> 

This will produce following link. This will change its color to pink when user clicks it.


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