outline-color (CSS property)

Inherited Initial Version
No invert CSS2,2.1
Browser support (more…)
IE8+ FF1.5+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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outline-color: { color | invert | inherit } ;


The outline-style property sets the style of the outline that’s drawn around an element. See outline for more information about outlines.

Note that an outline will only show when outline-style has been set with a value other than none.


This style rule assigns a red outline color on focus to anchor elements within the element with ID "example":

#example a:focus {
  outline-color: red;
  outline-style: solid;


outline-color accepts any valid CSS color value, as well as the keyword invert. invert does as its name suggests: it performs a pixel-color inversion of the outline in order that the outline remains visible regardless of any background colors that have been set. As of CSS2.1, user agents have been allowed to ignore the invert value, and instead use the element’s color property.


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Internet Explorer for Windows (up to and including version 7) and Firefox 1.0 provide no support for outline.

Internet Explorer for Windows version 8 mis-positions the outline on inline elements when the parent element has the property/value text-align justify. The outline remains at the exact position had the value justify not been used and will therefore be misaligned with the element it refers to depending on how far the text has been moved when justified.

Firefox up to and including version 3.5 will draw the outline outline around the content of an element that has overflowed its boundaries rather than around the element’s actual set dimensions.

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