CSS – Elements covered by a container div not clickable

A link was covered by a div for some reason but although the link is visible, it is not click-able (partially). Hover is not working either. This is because the container div covering the link accepts all the clicks and over event, not the link under it. There is a CSS solution but is not backwards compatible with older browsers.

CSS pointer-events

The CSS style pointer-events can be set to none so that it will not receive hover/clicks events, instead the event will occur on anything behind it. However, there is no luck making it work on browsers IE 10 and below. See compatibility table.

CSS pointer-events by caniuse.com

Since the link is just partially covered at the bottom by the div, I decided to give pointer-events: none a try.

.some-horizontal-container {
  pointer-events: none;
}

However, all child elements will receive no hover/clicks as well. To fix that, we need to turn pointer-events back specific to these elements.

.some-horizontal-container a.btn{
  pointer-events: all;
}

That’s it!

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