Pseudo class. A CSS pseudo-class is a keyword added to a selector that specifies a special state of the element(s) to be selected. For example, :hover will apply a style when the user hovers over the element(s) specified by the selector. Pseudo-classes, together with pseudo-elements, let you apply a style to an element not only in relation to the content of the document tree, but also in relation to external factors like the history of the navigator (:visited, for example), the status of its content (like :checked on some form elements), or the position of the mouse (like :hover, which lets you know if the mouse is over an element or not). Pseudo elements. Just like pseudo-classes, pseudo-elements are added to selectors but instead of describing a special state, they allow you to style certain parts of an element. For example, the ::first-line pseudo-element targets only the first line of an element specified by the selector. Sometimes you will see double colons (::) instead of just one (:). This is part of CSS3 and an attempt to distinguish between pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements. Most browsers support both values.