Jump to content

Why is ::selection categorized as a pseudoelement?

Recommended Posts

Hello together,

I am learning CSS as a beginner and i dont understand, why the pseudoelement ::selection is classified as a pseudoelement and not as a pseudoclass. I learned that a pseudoelement is by definition something, that separates a certain part of an existing element and styles this part with special instructions. But the selection-pseudoelement does not do this. It does not have to relate to a specific element, but can relate to every content the browseruser marks with the cursor. The content does not even have to be signed with markup to be selected by the ::selection-pseudoelement. 

Can anybody explain to me, why ::selection is categorized as pseudoelement? In my understanding it would fit much more into a dynamic pseudo-class, because it reacts to a userinteraction=the marking with the cursor. 

Thank you for answers and best regards,


Edited by Mo Green
Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a pseudo-element because a new element is created wrapped around the selected text. A pseudo-class is when a class is added to an existing element under certain circumstances.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...