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Class styles not being consistently applied - Combo classes & specificity

Hey gang.

I’ve been having this repeated problem with class styles not being consistently applied.

For example: on my home page, I’ve created a class called “main text style” with the font Merriweather, colour grey and aligned center.

On the “About” page, whenever I use that same class “main text style” it changes my text to Arial BUT it keeps Merriweather for the home page.

Sometimes when I apply a class to another element, NONE of the attributes I’ve previously defined are applied at all! In those cases i’ve kept the class name and just re-entered the attributes and left it at that.

But now, with this font issue I thought I would post the problem here.


Here is my site Read-Only:

Combo classes works a little difference on webflow.

one class

Add one and only one class for “heading” element - than add class named “red” (change color to red).

The CSS output is:

   color: red;

Combo class

Now add two classes “i-am” “not-red” (Combo) to another element. Than change the color to blue. The output will be:

    color: blue; 

Learn about this selector:

Last step

Add color-red (As third class) to .i-am.not-red.

The result?
The text still blue. This is not a BUG (Learn about css specificity).

.i-am.not-red is more specific than color-red
(One said “select element with class “i-am” And& “not-red” and the other said select element with class of “color-red” - the first `more specific” win).

Working example:

Select new element & Create class “very-big-text” and change font-size to 88px. The output:

   font-size: 88px;

Now add one more class “i-am-also-bold” (Create combo) and set the font-weight to bold.
The output:

     font-weight: bold;

Now if you add to this combo the “red-text” class the output will be:
text with font-size 88px, bold, and red (No conflict her).

From theory to practice

  • Its better to declare fonts on body level (Than any class you added with font change will be more specificwin” the body font)

  • Dont repeat yourself. If you create a button - first create base class (Without COMBO!). Set padding, font size and on. Than and only than start to create combo-classes for "red-button" "blue-button" "outline-button" & "large-button". (Otherwise each time you should create everything from zero).

Summary: Like the “red-text” example this is how CSS works.

Riiiiighhhtttt, specificity! Oh man, of course!

It’s been a while since I learned code and I tend to forget these things. Thanks Siton!


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