Html – How to disable inherited css styles

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So I am creating a container with rounded corners using the following method:

div.rounded {
    background: #CFFEB6 url('tr.gif') no-repeat top right;
}
div.rounded div {
    background: url('br.gif') no-repeat bottom right;
}
div.rounded div div {
    background: url('bl.gif') no-repeat bottom left;
}
div.rounded div div div {
    padding: 10px;
}

Now I want to use a div inside my container:

.button {
    border: 1px solid #999;
     background:#eeeeee url('');
    text-align:center;
}
.button:hover {
    background-color:#c4e2f2;
}

<div class='round'><div><div><div>
<div class='button'><a href='#'>Test</a></div>
</div></div></div></div>

However, with I put a div inside my nested divs, the button has the bl image in the corner.

How do I remove the inherited background image?

Best Solution

The simple answer is to change

div.rounded div div div {
    padding: 10px;
}

to

div.rounded div div div {
    background-image: none;
    padding: 10px;
}

The reason is because when you make a rule for div.rounded div div it means every div element nested inside a div inside a div with a class of rounded, regardless of nesting.

If you want to only target a div that's the direct descendent, you can use the syntax div.rounded div > div (though this is only supported by more recent browsers).

Incidentally, you can usually simplify this method to use only two divs (one each for either top and bottom or left and right), by using a technique called Sliding Doors.