How do I set multiple elements' css in one page without the :not attribute?

Tags: css

Problem :

Recently I discovered the :not attribute in CSS. It's not a huge deal that it's not recognized in all browsers and has worked in most situations, but it now seems that I'm overusing it and I don't know how to stop. My CSS ends up looking a mess.

#div input:not(.custom-combobox-input):not(.k-input):not([type='button']):not(#coordinates>input), select 
    width:200px !important;
    text-indent: .33em;

What's a better way to set CSS properties on elements that you will have many different versions of in the same page?

Solution :

I think it's a good practice to use a base class which carries all the style rules which all the elements have in common, then start customizing certain elements by adding a second class. Imagine you have a .message-element that delivers system messages to the user. These messages can be for pure information purposes (hints), they can tell the user taht something has worked fine, they can hold warning messages and sometimes even error messages. For this use case I'd suggest the following:

.message {
  padding: 1em;
  font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
  font-size: 24px;
  line-height: 30px;
  box-shadow: 0 0 5px #000;
  margin: 30px;

.message.confirmation {
  background-color: green;
  color: white;

.message.warning {
  background-color: yellow;
  color: black;

.message.error {
  background-color: #a00;
  color: white;
<div class="message">Message with no special meaning or styling.</div>
<div class="message confirmation">You've done it!</div>
<div class="message warning">Please check your configuration, something seems to be odd.</div>
<div class="message error">You've got it all wrong!</div>

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