Learn CSS Variables by Building a City Skyline - Step 40

Tell us what’s happening:
Describe your issue in detail here.

You should apply a background to .bb1a .

this is the error message im getting even though ive added a background

  **Your code so far**
/* file: index.html */
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">    
<head>
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <title>City Skyline</title>
  <link href="styles.css" rel="stylesheet" />   
</head>

<body>
  <div class="background-buildings">
    <div></div>
    <div></div>
    <div class="bb1">
      <div class="bb1a"></div>
      <div class="bb1b"></div>
      <div class="bb1c"></div>
      <div class="bb1d"></div>
    </div>
    <div class="bb2"></div>
    <div class="bb3"></div>
    <div></div>
    <div class="bb4"></div>
    <div></div>
    <div></div>
  </div>

  <div class="foreground-buildings">
    <div></div>
    <div></div>
    <div class="fb1"></div>
    <div class="fb2"></div>
    <div></div>
    <div class="fb3"></div>
    <div class="fb4"></div>
    <div class="fb5"></div>
    <div class="fb6"></div>
    <div></div>
    <div></div>
  </div>
</body>
</html>
/* file: styles.css */
:root {
--building-color1: #aa80ff;
--building-color2: #66cc99;
--building-color3: #cc6699;
--building-color4: #538cc6;
--window-color1: black;
}

* {
border: 1px solid black;
box-sizing: border-box;
}

body {
height: 100vh;
margin: 0;
overflow: hidden;
}

.background-buildings, .foreground-buildings {
width: 100%;
height: 100%;
display: flex;
align-items: flex-end;
justify-content: space-evenly;
position: absolute;
top: 0;
}

/* BACKGROUND BUILDINGS - "bb" stands for "background building" */
.bb1 {
width: 10%;
height: 70%;
display: flex;
flex-direction: column;
align-items: center;
}
.bb1a {
width: 70%;
height: 10%;
background-color: var(--building-color1);
background: linear-gradient(--building-color1, --window-color1);
}
.bb1b {
width: 80%;
height: 10%;
background-color: var(--building-color1);
}

.bb1c {
width: 90%;
height: 10%;
background-color: var(--building-color1);
}

.bb1d {
width: 100%;
height: 70%;
background-color: var(--building-color1);
}

.bb2 {
width: 10%;
height: 50%;
background-color: var(--building-color2);
}

.bb3 {
width: 10%;
height: 55%;
background-color: var(--building-color3);
}

.bb4 {
width: 11%;
height: 58%;
background-color: var(--building-color4);
}

/* FOREGROUND BUILDINGS - "fb" stands for "foreground building" */
.fb1 {
width: 10%;
height: 60%;
background-color: var(--building-color4);
}

.fb2 {
width: 10%;
height: 40%;
background-color: var(--building-color3);
}

.fb3 {
width: 10%;
height: 35%;
background-color: var(--building-color1);
}

.fb4 {
width: 8%;
height: 45%;
background-color: var(--building-color1);
position: relative;
left: 10%;
}

.fb5 {
width: 10%;
height: 33%;
background-color: var(--building-color2);
position: relative;
right: 10%;
}

.fb6 {
width: 9%;
height: 38%;
background-color: var(--building-color3);
}
  
  **Your browser information:**

User Agent is: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; CrOS x86_64 14816.131.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/103.0.0.0 Safari/537.36

Challenge: Learn CSS Variables by Building a City Skyline - Step 40

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You are not using the correct syntax for accessing CSS custom variables. Look at how you did it on the background-color property.

im still not having any luck

You’ll need to show us your updated coded so we can see what you tried. To display your code in here you need to wrap it in triple back ticks. On a line by itself type three back ticks. Then on the first line below the three back ticks paste in your code. Then below your code on a new line type three more back ticks. The back tick on my keyboard is in the upper left just above the Tab key and below the Esc key.

  width: 70%;
  height: 10%;
  background-color: var(--building-color1);
  background-image: linear-gradient(--building-color1,--window-color1);
}

This doesn’t look any different than your original code. As I said, look at the background-color property to see the syntax you use to access CSS custom variables.

Do you see the first line here called background-color?
It is referencing a variable called “–building-color1” using a CSS function called var.
Anytime you need your styles to reference a variable, you have to use the var function in this way.

Your new line of code is not doing that. So it is not going to work.
Try using var to reference each color variable.