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    Referencing the Parent Selector in Sass

    Published on September 19, 2016
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      By Alligator.io
      Developer and author at DigitalOcean.
      Referencing the Parent Selector in Sass

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      In addition to simple nesting in Sass, you can also reference the parent selector using the & character:

      .main a {
        background-color: rgba(236,198,48,0.2);
        transition: background-color .2s ease-out;
      
        &:hover {
          background-color: rgba(236,198,48,0.8);
        }
      }
      

      The above, once compiled to CSS, will yield the following:

      .main a {
        background-color: rgba(236, 198, 48, 0.2);
        transition: background-color .2s ease-out;
      }
      .main a:hover {
        background-color: rgba(236, 198, 48, 0.8);
      }
      

      Here’s another example for ya:

      button {
        background-color: blue;
      
        &.success {
          background-color: green;
        }
      
        &.warning {
          background-color: yellow;
        }
      }
      
      

      Which will produce the following:

      button {
        background-color: blue;
      }
      button.success {
        background-color: green;
      }
      button.warning {
        background-color: yellow;
      }
      

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