KyleWpppd KyleWpppd - 5 months ago 25
CSS Question

CSS Last Odd Child?

I have an unordered list, which can contain either an even or odd number of items. I'm looking for a CSS-only way to remove the border from the last 2

li
tags if the number of
li
s is even. The
:last-child
pseudo-selector removes the last one regardless.

li {
float: left;
border-bottom: 1px solid #000;
}

li:last-child{
border-bottom: none;
}


Works for Odd Numbers of
li
s



+============================================+
+ 1 | 2 +
+--------------------------------------------+
+ 3 | +
+============================================+


But for even numbers, I need to remove the bottom of cell #3



+============================================+
+ 1 | 2 +
+--------------------------------------------+
+ 3 | 4 +
+--------------------- +
+============================================+


So I figured I could use
li:nth-last-child()
but I can't figure out what should be the equation to grab the last odd child.

It's not
2n+1
,
2n-1
,
n-1
, or anything I can think of. Please help.

Answer

nth-last-child counts backwards from the last child, so to grab the second to last, the expression is:

li:nth-last-child(2)

You can combine pseudo-selectors, so to select the 2nd to last child, but only when it's odd, use:

li:nth-last-child(2):nth-child(odd) {border-bottom: none;}

And so, the whole thing should be:

li:last-child,
li:nth-last-child(2):nth-child(odd) {border-bottom: none;}

In answer to @ithil's question, here's how I'd write it in SASS:

li
  &:last-child,
  &:nth-last-child(2):nth-child(odd)
    border-bottom: none

It's not that much simpler, since the selection of the 'second-to-last odd child' is always going to require the 'two step' selector.

In answer to @Caspert's question, you can do this for arbitrarily many last elements by grouping more selectors (there feels like there should be some xn+y pattern to do this without grouping, but AFAIU these patterns just work by counting backwards from the last element).

For three last elements:

li:last-child,
li:nth-last-child(2):nth-child(odd),
li:nth-last-child(3):nth-child(odd) {border-bottom: none;}

This is a place where something like SASS can help, to generate the selectors for you. I would structure this as a placeholder class, and extend the element with it, and set the number of columns in a variable like this:

$number-of-columns: 3

%no-border-on-last-row
 @for $i from 1 through $number-of-columns
   &:nth-last-child($i):nth-child(odd)
     border-bottom: none

//Then, to use it in your layout, just extend:

.column-grid-list li
  @extend %no-border-on-last-row