Specified value

The specified value of a CSS property is the value it receives from the document's style sheet. The specified value for a given property is determined according to the following rules:

  1. If the document's style sheet explicitly specifies a value for the property, the given value will be used.
  2. If the document's style sheet doesn't specify a value but it is an inherited property, the value will be taken from the parent element.
  3. If none of the above pertain, the element's initial value will be used.



<p>My specified color is given explicitly in the CSS.</p>

  The specified values of all my properties default to their initial values,
  because none of them are given in the CSS.

<div class="fun">
    The specified value of my font family is not given explicitly in the CSS, so
    it is inherited from my parent. However, the border is not an inheriting


.fun {
  border: 1px dotted pink;
  font-family: fantasy;

p {
  color: green;



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