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Posted on 2009-07-07
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Hello,
I created a rule which is a colored div box with hot linked text within. I would like to make a hover action in which the surrounding div would change color. Is this possible with CSS?
Thank you.
.menubox {
	background-color: #b5ede4;
	height: 21px;
	width: 156px;
	padding-top: 10px;
	padding-left: 12px;
	font-weight: bold;
	border-bottom-width: 1px;
	border-bottom-style: solid;
	border-bottom-color: #FFF;
	font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
	font-size: 12px;
	color: #91519c;
	text-decoration: none;
}

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by:Jason C. Levine
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Yes.
.menubox {
        background-color: #b5ede4;
        height: 21px;
        width: 156px;
        padding-top: 10px;
        padding-left: 12px;
        font-weight: bold;
        border-bottom-width: 1px;
        border-bottom-style: solid;
        border-bottom-color: #FFF;
        font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
        font-size: 12px;
        color: #91519c;
        text-decoration: none;
}
 
.menubox:hover {
        background-color: #FFF;
        height: 21px;
        width: 156px;
        padding-top: 10px;
        padding-left: 12px;
        font-weight: bold;
        border-bottom-width: 1px;
        border-bottom-style: solid;
        border-bottom-color: #FFF;
        font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
        font-size: 12px;
        color: #91519c;
        text-decoration: none;
}
</style>

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by:Jagarm
ID: 24800102
You could do:

.menubox:hover {
   background-color:red;
}

but it may not work in IE, only firefox
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by:Jagarm
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Sorry I'm wrong, never mind
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by:chodoy
ID: 24800199
Hi Jason,
I'm still missing something. When I apply the link it does not take on the appropriate style for the "menubox"

If I add a class, It then duplicates too much of the box attributes I don't want:

<div class="menubox"><a href="index.html" class="menubox">home</a></div>
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by:Jason C. Levine
ID: 24800230
The :hover attribute will change whatever element is being hovered.  So if you want the div to change, you apply the class to the div only.

If you want the link to change, then you apply the class to the link only (and change it so it matches the link CSS).

If you want the link to change the div, you're now in Javascript territory.
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by:chodoy
ID: 24800255
Yes, I do want the link to change the div. Can you point me in the right direction for the javascript?
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Jason C. Levine earned 250 total points
ID: 24800316
Okay, sorry.  I misunderstood the original question.

Here's a sample script adapted from http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum83/8585.htm

<SCRIPT TYPE="text/javascript">
<!--
function mouseover()
{
document.getElementById("thediv").style.backgroundcolor='black';
}
function mouseout()
{
document.getElementById("thediv").style.backgroundcolor='red';
}

//-->
</SCRIPT>

</HEAD>
<BODY>
<DIV style="width:200px;height:200px;border:solid thin black" id="thediv" >
<a href="something" onmouseover="mouseover()" onmouseout="mouseout()">Try me</a>
</DIV>
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