niico niico - 4 months ago 22
CSS Question

Underline part of a link on hover of whole link

I have a link - notifications - with a red disc next to it. I would like hover on the disc OR text to result in the text only being underlined (I also would like clicking anywhere in link to go to the same link).

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I can find nothing in Google about this specific issue.

Everything I try makes the 1 get an underline as well as the notifications text:


<div class="col-sm-offset-4 col-sm-5" id="nav">
<div class="userbox">
<a href="#"><span class="numbercir">1</span> Notifications</a> |
<a href="~/Signin">Signin</a> | <a href="~/Signup">Signup</a>


.numbercir {
border-radius: 3px;
height: 16px;
width: 16px;
padding: 2px 3px;
background: #f00;
color: #fff;
text-align: center;
font: 12px Arial, sans-serif;
/* This doesn't work - ie doesn't stop the 1 getting an underline */
a .numbercircle:hover {
text-decoration: none !important;

How can I do this? Thx. (HTML 5 / CSS3 are fine as long as the technique has wide browser support).


You can put the part you want to be underlined in a span.

This has also the effect, that you will online get the underline, when you go over that specific span.

a .ca:hover {
<a href="#" style="text-decoration:none">ABC<span class="ca">CD</span></a>

And in case you want to underline only a certain part not only when you hover over that part, just change css to this:

a:hover .ca {
<a href="#" style="text-decoration:none">ABC<span class="ca">CD</span></a>

I hope I got you right this time :-)