Put a Background on Open Details Elements | CSS-Tricks

One thing that can be just a smidge funky about the

element is that, when open, it’s not always 100% clear what is inside that element and what isn’t. I’m not saying that always matters or that it’s a particularly hard problem to solve, I’m just noting it as it came up recently for me.

Here’s a visual example:
What text here is inside a

and what isn’t?The solution is… CSS. Style the

somewhat uniquely, and that problem goes away. Even if you want the typography to be the same, or you don’t want any exclusive styling until the

is opened, it’s still possible. Using an alpha-transparent fill, you can even make sure that deeper-nested

remain clear.
Here’s that CSS:
details[open] {
–bg: rgb(0 0 0 / 0.2);
background: var(–bg);
outline: 1rem solid var(–bg);
margin: 0 0 2rem 0;
And the demo:
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