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What Is a Contextual Selector?

A contextual selector selects a HTML tag that is nested inside another specified tag. Contextual selectors are specified with two tags separated with a space like (outer_tag inner_tag). For example, the following CSS definition uses a contextual selector:

/* set paragraph inside a table to use arial font family */
FORM P {font-family: arial}

If you apply the above CSS definition to the following HTML document, you will get the search instruction block in "arial" font family:

<form action=search.cgi>
<p>Search instruction...</p>
<input type=submit value=Search>

<p>Other normal paragraphs...</p>

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  1. What Is CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)?
  2. What Is the Basic Unit of CSS?
  3. How Many Ways to Attach CSS to HTML Documents?
  4. How To Include CSS Inside an HTML Tag?
  5. How To Include CSS Inside the HEAD Tag?
  6. How To Store CSS Definitions in External Files?
  7. How Many Ways to Select HTML Tag Instances?
  8. What Is a Class Selector?
  9. What Is an ID Selector?
  10. What Is a Contextual Selector?
  11. What Is a Group Selector?
  12. What Is a Mixed Selector?
  13. What Are the Pseudo Classes on <A> Tags?
  14. How To Group CSS Definitions Together?
  15. What Is Style Property Inheritance?
  16. What Is CSS Cascading?
  17. What Are the CSS Cascading Order Rules?
  18. How To Remove the Top White Space of Your Web Page?
  19. How To Set Different Text Fonts Inside Tables?
  20. How To Use Class Selectors to Differentiate Tag Instances?
  21. How To Use IDs to Override Classes?

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