Html – CSS strikethrough different color from text

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The HTML elements del, strike, or s may all be used for a text strike-through effect. Examples:

<del>del</del>

….gives: del

<strike>strike</strike> and <s>strike</s>

….gives: strike and strike

The CSS text-decoration property with a value line-through may be used similarly. The code…

<span style='text-decoration:line-through'>
    text-decoration:line-through
</span>

…will also render to look like: text-decoration:line-through

However, the strikethrough line is typically the same color as the text.

Can CSS be used to make the line a different color?

Best Solution

Yes, by adding an extra wrapping element. Assign the desired line-through color to an outer element, then the desired text color to the inner element. For example:

<span style='color:red;text-decoration:line-through'>
  <span style='color:black'>black with red strikethrough</span>
</span>

...or...

<strike style='color:red'>
  <span style='color:black'>black with red strikethrough<span>
</strike>

(Note, however, that <strike> is considered deprecated in HTML4 and obsolete in HTML5 (see also W3.org). The recommended approach is to use <del> if a true meaning of deletion is intended, or otherwise to use an <s> element or style with text-decoration CSS as in the first example here.)

To make the strikethrough appear for a:hover, an explicit stylesheet (declared or referenced in <HEAD>) must be used. (The :hover pseudo-class can't be applied with inline STYLE attributes.) For example:

<head>
  <style>
    a.redStrikeHover:hover {
      color:red;
      text-decoration:line-through;
    }
  </style>
</head>
<body>
  <a href='#' class='redStrikeHover'>
    <span style='color:black'>hover me</span>
  </a>
</body>
(IE7 seems to require some href be set on the <a> before :hover has an effect; FF and WebKit-based browsers do not.)