Overriding list class not working

Hey, so I am working on the Technical Page project for HTML and CSS.

I have two main issues happening, and I can’t figure out what is wrong.

The first being, my nav bar list items have a class associated with them that I used for styling, however, the main div’s list styling is overriding the class rather than the other way around. Or, for the main div, the bullet points are not showing because it is being overridden by nav > ul > li.

So, I did this:

li {
    list-style: disc outside none;
    display: list-item;
    padding-top: 10px;
    margin-left: 1em;

But it messed up the nav bar list items. Why is this happening?

The second issue, is that when I inspect the webpage, and check out the responsive layout, there is an extra space below my “References” section on the navbar when I make the screen smaller despite having it to be 100% of the height:


What could be the issue?


    <!-- NAV BAR -->
    <nav id="navbar">
            <li class="nav-link"><a href=#Introduction>Introduction</a></li>
            <li class="nav-link"><a href=#Hello_World>Hello World</a></li>
            <li class="nav-link"><a href=#Variables>Variables</a></li>
            <li class="nav-link"><a href=#Conditional_Statements>Conditional Statements</a></li>
            <li class="nav-link"><a href=#Loops>Loops</a></li>
            <li class="nav-link"><a href=#References>References</a></li>
    <main id="main-doc">
    <!-- INTRODUCTION -->
        <section class="main-section" id="Introduction">
            <p>JavaScript (JS) is a lightweight interpreted (or just-in-time compiled) programming language with first-class functions. 
                While it is most well-known as the scripting language for Web pages, many non-browser environments also use it, such as Node.js, 
                Apache CouchDB and Adobe Acrobat. 
                JavaScript is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm, single-threaded, dynamic language, supporting object-oriented, imperative, 
                and declarative (e.g. functional programming) styles.</p>
    <!-- HELLO WORLD -->
        <section class="main-section" id="Hello_World">
            <h2>Hello World</h2>
            <p>JavaScript is one of the most popular modern web technologies! 
                As your JavaScript skills grow, your websites will enter a new dimension of power and creativity. </p>
                However, getting comfortable with JavaScript is more challenging than getting comfortable with HTML and CSS. 
                You may have to start small, and progress gradually. 
                To begin, let's examine how to add JavaScript to your page for creating a Hello world! example. 
                (Hello world! is the standard for introductory programming examples.)</p>

            <pre><code><span style="color: #166534; font-weight: bold;">const</span> myHeading = <span style="color: #16a34a; font-weight: normal;">document</span>.querySelector("h1");
myHeading.textContent = "Hello world!";</code></pre>
            <p>The heading text changed to Hello world! using JavaScript. 
                You did this by using a function called querySelector() to grab a reference to your heading, and then store it in a variable called myHeading. 
                This is similar to what we did using CSS selectors. When you want to do something to an element, you need to select it first. </p>
            <p>Following that, the code set the value of the myHeading variable's textContent property (which represents the content of the heading) to Hello world!</p>  
    <!-- VARIABLES -->
        <section class="main-section" id="Variables">
            <p>A variable is a container for a value, like a number we might use in a sum, 
                or a string that we might use as part of a sentence.</p>
            <p>Declare a Variable:</p>
            <pre><code>let myName;
let myAge;</code></pre>
            <p>Initialize the Variable</p>
            <pre><code>myName = "Chris";
myAge = 37;</code></pre>
            <p>You can declare and initialize a variable at the same time, like this:</p>
            <pre><code>let myDog = "Rover";</code></pre>
            <p>You'll probably also see a different way to declare variables, using the var keyword:</p>
            <pre><code>var myName;
var myAge;</code></pre>
            <p>Back when JavaScript was first created, this was the only way to declare variables. 
                The design of var is confusing and error-prone. So let was created in modern versions of JavaScript, a new keyword for creating variables that works somewhat differently to var, 
                fixing its issues in the process.</p>
        <section class="main-section" id="Conditional_Statements">
            <h2>Conditional Statements</h2>
            <p>A conditional statement is a set of commands that executes if a specified condition is true. 
            JavaScript supports two conditional statements: if...else and switch.</p>
            <p>An if statement looks like this:</p>
            <pre><code>if (condition) {
} else {
            <p>Here, the condition can be any expression that evaluates to true or false. (See Boolean for an explanation of what evaluates to true and false.)</p>

            <p>If condition evaluates to true, statement_1 is executed. Otherwise, statement_2 is executed. statement_1 and statement_2 can be any statement, including further nested if statements.</p>

    <!-- LOOPS -->
    <section class="main-section" id="Loops">
        <p>Loops offer a quick and easy way to do something repeatedly.</p>
        <p>These are some types of loops</p>
        <ul class="types-loops">
            <li>While Loops</li>
            <li>for Loops</li>
            <li>forEach Loops</li>
            <li>do-while Loops</li>
        <p>A for loop repeats until a specified condition evaluates to false. The JavaScript for loop is similar to the Java and C for loop.</p>
        <pre><code>for (initialization; condition; afterthought)
        <p>The do...while statement repeats until a specified condition evaluates to false.</p>
while (condition);</code></pre>
        <p>statement is always executed once before the condition is checked. (To execute multiple statements, use a block statement ({ }) to group those statements.)</p>
        <p>A while statement executes its statements as long as a specified condition evaluates to true. A while statement looks as follows:</p>
        <pre><code>while (condition)
    <!-- REFERENCES -->
    <section class="main-section" id="References">
        <p>All content in this website is from <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript">MDN Web Docs</a></p>
        <p>Find the references per topics below:</p>
        <ul class="reference-list">
            <li><a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript" target="_blank"><span>Introduction</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Learn/Getting_started_with_the_web/JavaScript_basics" target="_blank"><span>Hello World</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Learn/JavaScript/First_steps/Variables" target="_blank"><span>Variables</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Guide/Control_flow_and_error_handling" target="_blank"><span>Conditionals</span></a></li>
            <li><a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Guide/Loops_and_iteration" target="_blank"><span>Loops</span></a></li>


* {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    font-family: "arial", "sans-serif";
    box-sizing: border-box;


    max-width: 290px;
    height: 100%;
    box-sizing: border-box;
    display: flex;
    flex-direction: column;
    position: fixed;
    border-right: 0.1rem solid;
    background-color: #ecfeff;

    font-size: 20px;
    padding-top: 20px;
    padding-left: 10px;
    font-weight: bold;
    color: #042f2e;

nav > ul{
    padding-top: 30px;
    list-style-type: none;
    height: 100%;
    overflow-y: auto;
    overflow-x: hidden;

nav > ul > li > a{
    text-decoration: none;
    color: black;

nav > ul > li{
    padding: 30px;
    font-size: 20px;
    border-top: 0.01rem solid;
    cursor: pointer;
    display: block;
    text-decoration: none;

    background-color: #ccfbf1;


    position: absolute;
    min-width: 200px;
    height: 100%;
    padding-top: 17px;
    padding-right: 25px;
    margin-left: 340px;
    overflow-y: scroll;

    margin-bottom: 30px;
    margin-top: 30px;

    padding-top: 17px;
    padding-right: 20px;

    padding-top: 20px;

    background-color: #e5e7eb;
    border: 0.1rem solid #e5e7eb;
    border-radius: 10px;
    padding: 20px;
    margin-top: 15px;

li {
    list-style: disc outside none;
    display: list-item;
    padding-top: 10px;

    font-weight: bold;

.reference-list, .types-loops{
    padding-top: 10px;

/* insert media query for screen size */

/* media query nav bar for size 631px and less */

Thank you!! Appreciate all the help :smiley:

The overflow-y: scroll; on #main-doc is hiding the list item images/symbols because they are using outside and not inside for the list style position.

You can switch it to inside or remove the overflow style.

li {
  list-style: disc inside none;
  display: list-item;
  padding-top: 10px;

Not sure I understand the second question.

Thank you! This worked out :smiley:

I was able to figure out the second question as well, there was some extra padding at the bottom of the nav bar, but I solved that with media query.