Why confluence change ">" sybol in HTML part of page into ">" and how to avoid it?

Hi all.
I am trying to add drop down menu in Confluence page but drop down functionality does not work because when I check .css markup of page in Google Chrome developer tools I noticed that instead of ">" sign there was ">" group of signs. If I change it back into ">" in HTML Chrome developer tool my drop down menu work perfectly. Unfortunately when I refresh the page you will get the same error.
In case of using source editor application you will not be able to see ">" group of signs.
How to avoid this difficulty and make my drop down menu work?
Functionality of the menu is written in .css.

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Stephen Deutsch Community Champion Jul 11, 2017

How are you inserting the CSS into the page? Custom CSS? User Macro? Custom HTML?

I used macro "Style" and then added CSS markup.

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Stephen Deutsch Community Champion Jul 12, 2017

It seems like there is a "bug" in the CSS Macro from Adaptavist (not so much of a bug as a security measure by Atlassian I would assume). Here are some possible workarounds:

  • Enable the HTML Macro and include your CSS there instead (inside of <style> tags).
  • if you are sure that ul will be the only direct children of li:hover, just replace "> ul" with ":nth-child(n)", which should select all direct children and won't be changed in the macro evaluation process.


Hi Stephen. Thank you a lot for your answer!
I tried to activate using HTML macro, but I could not.

According to documentation I should " Choose the cog icon at top right of the screen --> then choose Confluence Admin. -->Select 'Plugins' in the left-hand panel. This will display the installed plugins active for this Confluence installation.
--> Click' 'HTML macros', then click 'Enable Plugin'."

Unfortunately there is no such menu. I have found the following menus Choose the cog icon -->Add-ons --> In the manager of add-ons I selected All add-ons --> I tried to find HTML macros but there is no such option.

When I try to type {HTML} to add there <style> and CSS code in document body well it does not works. The code and {HTML} are displayed as a text.

Could you please tell me how to enable HTML Macro?

Or in cloud version they are disabled?

By the way, additional great thanks for advising me to use :nth-child(n) now my menu work perfectly!))

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