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CSS content Property


The following example inserts the value of the href attribute in parenthesis after each <a> element:

a::after {
  content: " (" attr(href) ")";
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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.

Definition and Usage

The content property is used with the ::before and ::after pseudo-elements, to insert generated content.

Default value: normal
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS2
JavaScript syntax: You can't give an element a pseudo-class by using JavaScript,
but there are other ways to get the same result: Try it

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

content 1.0 8.0 1.0 1.0 4.0

CSS Syntax

content: normal|none|counter|attr|string|open-quote|close-quote|no-open-quote|no-close-quote|url|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Example
normal Default value. Sets the content, if specified, to normal, which default is "none" (which is nothing) Try it »
none Sets the content, if specified, to nothing Try it »
counter Sets the content as a counter Try it »
attr(attribute) Sets the content as one of the selector's attribute Try it »
string Sets the content to the text you specify Try it »
open-quote Sets the content to be an opening quote Try it »
close-quote Sets the content to be a closing quote Try it »
no-open-quote Removes the opening quote from the content, if specified Try it »
no-close-quote Removes the closing quote from the content, if specified Try it »
url(url) Sets the content to be some kind of media (an image, a sound, a video, etc.) Try it »
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit Try it »

More Examples


How to add bullet colors for <ul> or <ol> by removing their default bullets and adding an HTML entity that looks like bullets (&bull;):

ul {
  list-style: none; /* Remove HTML bullets */
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;

li {
  padding-left: 16px;

li::before {
  content: "•"; /* Insert content that looks like bullets */
  padding-right: 8px;
  color: blue; /* Or a color you prefer */
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Related Pages

CSS reference: ::before pseudo element

CSS reference: ::after pseudo element