CSS Cheat Sheet

CSS Cheat Sheet




Abdul Habra


September 23, 2002

1. Introduction

This is a cheat sheet for creating Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) files.

2. Usage

Reference myStyle.css from an HTML file:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="myStyle.css">

Put this element in the <head> section of your HTML file. The only thing that you will change is the value of the hrefattribute to match your CSS file name.

Define an inline style to make the current P with blue foreground:

<p style="color:blue">This is a blue paragraph</p>

Make H1 with blue foreground:

h1 {color:blue}

Make H1 with yellow foreground and black background

h1 {color: yellow; background-color: black}

Make H2, H3, and B with green foreground:

h2,h3,b {color:green}

Make P bold and red:

p {color:red; font-weight:bold}

Make B that occurs within a P blue:

p b {color:blue}

Make two P classes, one with black font and one with red font:

p.normal {color: black} p.error { color: red}

To use in HTML:

<p class="normal">this is a normal paragraph</p> <p class="error">this is an error paragraph</p>

Make a class with red and bold font, without attaching to a specific element

.error1 { color:red; font-weight:bold }

To use in HTML:

<div class="error1">hello</div>

Make a class with red, bold, and large font, without attaching to a specific element

.error2 { color:red; font-weight:bold; font-size:large }

To use in HTML:

<p class="error2">This uses error</p>

3. Interesting Properties


xx-small , x-small , small , medium , large , x-large , xx-large larger , smaller 10px , 20pt , 0.5in


normal , italic , oblique


normal , bold , bolder , lighter



font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif

Means: Use Arial, if not available use Helvetica, if not available use sans-serif.

text-decoration: Draw a line with text.

underline , overline , line-through


left , right , center , justify

4. Properties List

The following is a list of CSS1 properties:

The following are some CSS2 properties:

bottom, left, position, right, top, visibility, width, z-index.

5. References

1. CSS1 Recommendation: www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS1

2. CSS2 Specification: www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS2/