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The column combinator (||) is placed between two CSS selectors. It matches only those elements matched by the second selector that belong to the column elements matched by the first.

/* Table cells that belong to the "selected" column */
col.selected || td {
  background: gray;
}

Syntax

column-selector || cell-selector {
  /* style properties */
}

Examples

HTML

<table border="1">
  <colgroup>
    <col span="2"/>
    <col class="selected"/>
  </colgroup>
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td>A
      <td>B
      <td>C
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td colspan="2">D</td>
      <td>E</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>F</td>
      <td colspan="2">G</td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

CSS

col.selected || td {
  background: gray;
  color: white;
  font-weight: bold;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
Selectors Level 4
The definition of 'column combinator' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Column combinator (A || B)
Experimental
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support No
Notes
No support No
Notes
Notes See bug 1605558.
IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

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No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
See implementation notes.
See implementation notes.

See also

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