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CSS4 parent selector based on jQuery
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What is cssParentSelector

cssParentSelector is a polyfill based on jQuery that allows you to use parent selector in CSS.


Released under MIT and GPL licenses.


Just attach this plugin to your code and that's all.

<script src="jQuery.cssParentSelector.js"></script>


parent! target > child:state

Quick info about parent selector in CSS4

! - determines subject of selector according to CSS4 reference

E > F - selects an F element, child of E

E! > F - selects an E element, parent of F


Any vaild selector is okey, id, class, even like this one: input[type=checkbox]


This is optional, after we've got PARENT of our CHILD selector, we look for this TARGET element within PARENT.


Based on this, we select PARENT element.


As for now plugin supports:

  • changed, selected
  • checked
  • focus
  • hover
  • click
  • dblclick
  • active


  <div id="container">
      <label>Change value and click somewhere</label>
      <input type="text" name="name" placeholder="Value" class="dotted">
      <span class="message">Yay, you've changed value.</span>

    <p class="custom">
      <input type="checkbox" name="name" placeholder="Value" class="dashed">
      <span class="message">Yay, you've checked.</span>

      Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod
      tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
      <a href="#" class="hide-parent">&#x2716;</a>
/* Select paragraph parent of input or a*/
p! > input, p! > a { border: 1px solid #ccc; padding: 10px 5px; }

/* Select any parent of input or a*/
*! > input, p! > a { background: #fafafa; }

/* Select any parent with class of input */
*.custom! > input { background: #f5f5f5; }

/* Select any parent with class of input */
#container! > p { background: #eee; }

/* Select any parent of input with class */
*! > input.dotted { border-style: dotted; }
*! > input.dashed { border-style: dashed; }=

/* En empty declaration, just for tests */
*! > p {


/* Hide an message box */
.hide-parent { float: right; }
p! > .hide-parent:click { display: none; /* Comment inside declaration */ }=

/* Select any parent of input which value was changed */
p! > input:changed { background: #EEDC94; }

/* Select label within parent of focused text input */
p! label > input[type=text]:focus{ display: block; }

/* Select element with definied class within parent of changed/checked text/checkbox input */
p! .message > input[type=text]:changed,
p! .message > input[type=checkbox]:checked {
    display: inline;

p! span:first-child> input { display: block; }
p:after! > input {
  display: block;
  width: 100%;
  height: 1px;
  background-color: #111;


  • 1.0.9 - *09.09.2012 *

    • Added support for images in css bacground property (// in image link was interpreted as comment)
    • Minified version
  • 1.0.8 - *07.02.2012 *

    • Added support for pseudo classes (after, before, first-child, last-child, nth-child(), active and anything that jquery filter function can handle)
    • Added !important to all declarations.
  • 1.0.7 - 21.01.2012

    • Now before matchig css for definied regex we strip comments
    • Empty declarations are omitted
    • Better regex
    • Optimized code
  • 1.0.6 - 18.01.2012

    • Changed structure to the one described in CSS4 reference
    • Improved performance
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