Danield Danield - 5 months ago 14
CSS Question

prevent a pseudo element from triggering hover?

If I have markup:

<div class="a b"></div>


where the .a class has a hover class associated with it

and the .b class has a pseudo element associated with it... like so:

div
{
width: 100px;
height: 100px;
}
.a { background: red; display: inline-block; }
.a:hover { background: green; }

.b:after
{
content: '';
display: inline-block;
width: 100px;
height: 100px;
margin-left: 100px;
background: pink;
}


Is it possible with css to prevent a pseudo element from triggering the .a class hover?

FIDDLE

Answer

The following css does the trick for modern browsers (not IE):

.b:after {
  pointer-events: none;
}

pointer-events: none allows elements to not receive hover/click events.

See this fiddle.


Caution

pointer-events support for non-SVG elements is in a relative early state. developer.mozilla.org gives you the following warning:

The use of pointer-events in CSS for non-SVG elements is experimental. The feature used to be part of the CSS3 UI draft specification but, due to many open issues, has been postponed to CSS4.

Chrome's box model interpretation of display: inline-block causes a flicker in the above fiddle.
If you switch to display: block instead, you will get the proper interpretation of the box.
Firefox does not have this issue.
To ensure consistent box model interpretation, use the following:

.b:after {
  pointer-events: none;
  display: block;
}

View this fiddle in Chrome to see the flicker effect.