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Was wondering why you never see font-family declaration under the * selector. Is there a reason to not do this?
It’s just not necessary.
By using [*] it’s applying the font property to every element (images etc) even though it might not need it.
Attaching it to the [body] element sets it for all **text** on the page body.
I’m not entirely sure but also I think using [*] is more specific than sub-elements of the body and so might override other settings.