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I have the following HTML elements:
<p><a href="[someUrl]/about">Text...</a></p>
<p><a href="[someUrl]/info">Text...</a></p>

<p><a href="[someUrl]/blog/1">Text...</a></p>
<p><a href="[someUrl]/blog/2">Text...</a></p>
<p><a href="[someUrl]/blog/3">Text...</a></p>

<p><a href="[someUrl]/blog/4">Text...</a></p>
<p><a href="[someUrl]/contacts">Text...</a></p>

Using CSS, how can I select only the first three elements whose "href" contains the word "blog"?

I can't add class/ids to HTML code.

What I have tried:

[href*="blog"]:nth-of-type(-n+3) {
  background-color: red;

But it selects all the four elements whose "href" contains the word "blog".

1 solution

According to this :nth-child | CSS-Tricks - CSS-Tricks[^]

looks like this will work

[href*="blog"]:nth-child(-n+3) {
  background-color: red;

Went to W3Schools Tryit Editor[^]
and this seems to work
<!DOCTYPE html>
[href*="blog"]:nth-child(-n+5) {
  background-color: red;
a { display: block}

<a href="[someUrl]/blog/1">Text...</a>
<a href="[someUrl]/about">Text...</a>

<a href="[someUrl]/info">Text...</a>
<a href="[someUrl]/blog/2">Text...</a>
<a href="[someUrl]/blog/3">Text...</a>

<a href="[someUrl]/blog/4">Text...</a>
<a href="[someUrl]/contacts">Text...</a>
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LB2371 26-Nov-23 8:54am    
That's just what I've already tried, but it selects all the 4 elements whose "href" contains the word "blog" (using Firefox).
M-Badger 26-Nov-23 16:27pm    
Have you tried -n+2 to check that it is not zero based ?
LB2371 26-Nov-23 17:28pm    
That's not the HTML code of my question.
Mike Hankey 26-Nov-23 17:42pm    
If you would have googled the :nth-child or nth-of-type you would have found that they select siblings of a common parent. Your code did not have a common parent so the [href*="blog"] selected all the hrefs with blog as an attribute and ignored the nth part.

My way gave the code a common parent by removing s, the div may not be necessary, you can try it on the site link that I gave you.

If the code has to be exactly as you have it, good luck!
LB2371 26-Nov-23 17:46pm    
The code has to be exactly as I have it - That's the reason of my question here.

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