HTML: Changing colors of specific words in a string of text

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asked Jan 7, 2011 by mitch

I have the below message (slightly changed):

"Enter the competition by January 30, 2011 and you could win up to $$$$ — including amazing summer trips!"

I currently have:

<p style="font-size:14px; color:#538b01; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic;">

formatting the text string, but want to change the color of "January 30, 2011" to #FF0000 and "summer" to #0000A0.

How do I do this strictly with HTML or inline CSS?

8 Answers

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answered Jan 7, 2011 by jacob
<p style="font-size:14px; color:#538b01; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic;">
  Enter the competition by 
  <span style="color: #ff0000">January 30, 2011</span>
  and you could win up to $$$$ — including amazing 
  <span style="color: #0000a0">summer</span> 
  trips!
</p>

Or you may want to use CSS classes instead:

<html>
  <head>
    <style type="text/css">
      p { 
        font-size:14px; 
        color:#538b01; 
        font-weight:bold; 
        font-style:italic;
      }
      .date {
        color: #ff0000;
      }
      .season { /* OK, a bit contrived... */
        color: #0000a0;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>
      Enter the competition by 
      <span class="date">January 30, 2011</span>
      and you could win up to $$$$ — including amazing 
      <span class="season">summer</span> 
      trips!
    </p>
  </body>
</html>
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answered Jan 7, 2011 by brian-d

use spans. ex) <span style='color: #FF0000;'>January 30, 2011</span>

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answered Jan 7, 2011 by damien-wright
<p style="font-size:14px; color:#538b01; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic;">
    Enter the competition by <span style="color:#FF0000">January 30, 2011</span> and you could win up to $$$$ — including amazing <span style="color:#0000A0">summer</span> trips!
</p>

The span elements are inline an thus don't break the flow of the paragraph, only style in between the tags.

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answered Jan 14, 2012 by juan-pablo-pinedo

You could use the HTML5 Tag <mark>:

<p>Enter the competition by 
<mark class="red">January 30, 2011</mark> and you could win up to $$$$ — including amazing 
<mark class="blue">summer</mark> trips!</p>

And use this in the CSS:

p {
    font-size:14px;
    color:#538b01;
    font-weight:bold;
    font-style:italic;
}

mark.red {
    color:#ff0000;
    background: none;
}

mark.blue {
    color:#0000A0;
    background: none;
}

The tag <mark> has a default background color...at least in Chrome.

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answered Jan 17, 2015 by otis-answer

You could use the longer boringer way

<p style="font-size:14px; color:#538b01; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic;">Enter the competition by</p><p style="font-size:14px; color:#ff00; font-weight:bold; font-style:italic;">summer</p> 
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answered Jan 20, 2015 by jaymcpez

You can also make a class:

<span class="mychangecolor"> I am in yellow color!!!!!!</span>

then in a css file do:

.mychangecolor{ color:#ff5 /* it changes to yellow */ }
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answered Jan 19, 2016 by trevor-lee

Tailor this code however you like to fit your needs, you can select text? in the paragraph to be what font or style you need!:

<head>
<style>
p{ color:#ff0000;font-family: "Times New Roman", Times, serif;} 
font{color:#000fff;background:#000000;font-size:225%;}
b{color:green;}
</style>
</head>
<body>
<p>This is your <b>text. <font>Type</font></strong></b>what you like</p>
</body>
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answered Sep 15, 2017 by user8588011
<font color="red">This is some text!</font> 

This worked the best for me when I only wanted to change one word into the color red in a sentence.

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