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I am trying to get "first-letter" to work inline withing an anchor. Actually
I have not been able to get it to work within an <a> tag whether inline,
linked, or embedded. Using IE6 service pack 1.

<style type="text/css">
h5 {background-color: red; padding-left: 5px}
a {color: white; font-size: 20px; text-decoration: none}


<h5 style="first-letter{color:br own}">
<a href="const.htm ">Antiques</a></h5>


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Jul 20 '05 #1
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Patrick wrote:
I am trying to get "first-letter" to work inline withing an anchor. Actually
I have not been able to get it to work within an <a> tag whether inline,
linked, or embedded. Using IE6 service pack 1.
Firstly, it doesn't matter which IE you're using, getting it to work
correctly is difficult — of course, this is no exception.
<h5 style="first-letter{color:br own}">

:first-letter is a pseudo element, which requires a :, or :: for CSS3,
to precede it. There is no point to use the style attribute for this,
simply apply the style within the stylesheet in the header, or a linked
stylesheet. This CSS works for Mozilla 1.7 RC2, and Opera 7.5, but not
IE6 SP1. (Only tested on Windows XP, not Linux or Mac)

h5 a { display: block; }

h5 a:link:first-letter,
h5 a:visited:first-letter,
h5 a:hover:first-letter,
h5 a:focus:first-letter,
h5 a:active:first-letter { color: black; }

a:link { color: red; }
a:visited { color: orange; }
a:hover { color: yellow; }
a:focus { color: green; }
a:active { color: blue; }

And this code works for Mozilla, Opera and IE.

h5 a { display: block; }
h5 a:first-letter { color: black; }
a { color: red; }

However, if you extend it using the various link pseudo classes, it
fails miserably in IE, while working perfectly in Mozilla and Opera. IE
will colour the first letter with the color from the applicable a:link
or a:visited style rule, and color the rest in the default visited
(usually purple) or unvisited (usually blue) link colour.

h5 a { display: block; }
h5 a:first-letter { color: black; }
a:link { color: red; }
a:visited { color: green; }

I haven't done a complete test of every variation, so experement with
it and see what you can find that works best for you.

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