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need css help on this

I d like to change the background color of this element but I could not drill to find it.

  <nav class="top-bar" data-topbar="topbar" role="navigation">
            <ul class="title-area">
                <li class="name">
                    <h1><a href="#">Employee Activity</a></h1>
                </li>
                <li class="toggle-topbar menu-icon right"><a href="#"><span>Menu</span></a>
                </li>
            </ul>

            <section class="top-bar-section">
                <ul class="right">
                    <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
                    <li class="has-dropdown">
                        <a href="#">Persons</a>
                        <ul class="dropdown">
                            <li><a href="#">Add Person</a></li>
                        </ul>
                    </li>
                </ul>

            </section>
        </nav>

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all I wanted to is change the background color of this ...

  <li class="name">
    <h1><a href="#">Employee Activity</a></h1>
  </li>

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here's my css so far but not working.. Thanks for help.

 
.name.a
        {
              background-color:#2c3840;

        }
        .top-bar{
            
            background-color:#2c3840;
           height:80px;
           padding:0;
        }
     
          .title-area.name.a{
              line-height:80px;
              background-color:#2c3840;
          
          }        

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I'm learning foundation..
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zachvaldez
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Julian HansenCommented:
.name.a
...
.title-area.name.a{

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The above css statements are saying
Find all elements with a class name AND a CLASS a

When refering to elements you cannot put a '.' in front of them otherwise you change them from an element to a class.

Try
.name a

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Background colour
.top-bar{
  background-color:#2c3840;
  height:80px;
  padding:0;
}

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If the above is not working it is possible that another style is overriding it. This can be for two reasons.
1. This style comes before the overriding one
2. The overriding style is specified with a path that is not matched in this one.

To fix we would need to see a link - if that is not possible then what you need to do is right click on the <nav> element and look at the style in the CSS inspector of the console.
Find where the background is being set and copy the path for that style exactly.
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
1. This style comes before the overriding one
 2. The overriding style is specified with a path that is not matched in this one.

How is this possible?

I  wrote a style within the page which takes priority over what the foundation css provides default for top bar..
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Julian HansenCommented:
If you have a style

.someclass li a.someotherclass {
    color: white;
}

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And you add
.someotherclass {
   color: red;
}

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It will not affect elements that match the first style because the style paths are not the same. You would need to match the path i.e
.someclass li a.someotherclass {

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Your main problem though was specifying elements as a class i.e.
.a

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instead of
a

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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
I'll test this  and report to you my finding
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
You are 100% cool and correct.
I'm not paying attention to the details and not understand the path you're talking until I went and place my cursor and it described the path. So I copied the path and pasted it and changed the bg and there finally got it.
How will I center the text in the topbar?
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Julian HansenCommented:
text-align: center

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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
thanks
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zachvaldezAuthor Commented:
thanks!
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Julian HansenCommented:
You are welcome.
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