abelenky abelenky - 3 months ago 6
CSS Question

Using CSS to insert text

I'm relatively new to CSS, and have used it to change the style and formatting of text.

I would now like to use it to insert text as shown below:

<span class="OwnerJoe">reconcile all entries</span>


Which I hope I could get to show as:

Joe's Task: reconcile all entries

That is, simply by virtue of being of class "Owner Joe", I want the text
Joe's Task:
to be displayed.

I could do it with code like:

<span class="OwnerJoe">Joe's Task:</span> reconcile all entries.


But that seems awfully redundant to both specify the class and the text.

Is it possible to do what I'm looking for?

EDIT One idea is to try to set it up as a ListItem
<li>
where the "bullet" is the text "Joe's Task". I see examples of how to set various bullet-styles and even images for bullets. Is it possible to use a small block of text for the list-bullet?

Answer

It is, but requires a CSS2 capable browser (all major browsers, IE8+).

.OwnerJoe:before {
  content: "Joe's Task:";
}

But I would rather recommend using Javascript for this. With jQuery:

$('.OwnerJoe').each(function() {
  $(this).before($('<span>').text("Joe's Task: "));
});
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