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CSS outline-color Property


Example

Set the color of a dotted outline:

p {
    outline-style: dotted;
    outline-color: #00ff00;
}

Try it yourself »

Definition and Usage

An outline is a line that is drawn around elements (outside the borders) to make the element "stand out".

The outline-color property specifies the color of an outline.

Note: Always declare the outline-style property before the outline-color property. An element must have an outline before you change the color of it.

Default value: invert
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes, see individual properties. Read about animatable Try it
Version: CSS2
JavaScript syntax: object.style.outlineColor="#FF0000" Try it


Tips and Notes

An outline is a line around an element. It is displayed around the margin of the element. However, it is different from the border property.

The outline is not a part of the element's dimensions, therefore the element's width and height properties do not contain the width of the outline.


Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

Property
outline-color 1.0 8.0 1.5 1.2 7.0

Note: IE8 supports the outline-color property only if a !DOCTYPE is specified.


CSS Syntax

outline-color: invert|color|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
invert Performs a color inversion. This ensures that the outline is visible, regardless of color background. This is default Play it »
color Specifies the color of the outline. Look at CSS Color Values for a complete list of possible color values. Play it »
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial Play it »
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit


Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Outline

CSS reference: outline property

HTML DOM reference: outlineColor property



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