HTML – Tags Reference

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The following is an HTML tags reference list showing all the HTML elements that can be used on web pages and HTML documents.

HTML Elements List

TagDescriptionIntroduced
<!--...-->Defines a comment
<!DOCTYPE>Defines the document type
<a>Defines a hyperlink
<abbr>Defines an abbreviation or an acronym
<acronym>Defines an acronym. Not supported in HTML5. Use <abbr> instead
<address>Defines contact information for the author/owner of a document
<applet>Defines an embedded applet. Not supported in HTML5. Use <embed> or <object> instead
<area>Defines an area inside an image map
<article>Defines an articleHTML5
<aside>Defines content aside from the page contentHTML5
<audio>Defines embedded sound contentHTML5
<b>Defines bold text
<base>Specifies the base URL/target for all relative URLs in a document
<basefont>Specifies a default color, size, and font for all text in a document. Not supported in HTML5. Use CSS instead
<bdi>Isolates a part of the text that might be formatted in a different direction from other text outside itHTML5
<bdo>Overrides the current text direction
<bgsound>Defines background music
<big>Defines big text. Not supported in HTML5. Use CSS instead
<blink>Defines text which blinks
<blockquote>Defines a section that is quoted from another source
<body>Defines the document’s body
<br>Defines a single line break
<button>Defines a clickable button
<canvas>Used to draw graphics, on the fly, via scripting (usually JavaScript)HTML5
<caption>Defines a table caption
<center>Defines centered text. Not supported in HTML5. Use CSS instead
<cite>Defines the title of a work
<code>Defines a piece of computer code
<col>Specifies column properties for each column within a <colgroup> element
<colgroup>Specifies a group of one or more columns in a table for formatting
<comment>Puts a comment in the document
<data>Adds a machine-readable translation of a given content
<datalist>Specifies a list of pre-defined options for input controlsHTML5
<dd>Defines a description/value of a term in a description list
<del>Defines text that has been deleted from a document
<details>Defines additional details that the user can view or hide
<dfn>Specifies a term that is going to be defined within the content
<dialog>Defines a dialog box or windowHTML5
<dir>Defines a directory list. Not supported in HTML5. Use <ul> instead
<div>Defines a section in a document
<dl>Defines a description list
<dt>Defines a term/name in a description list
<em>Defines emphasized text
<embed>Defines a container for an external applicationHTML5
<fieldset>Groups related elements in a form
<figcaption>Defines a caption for a <figure> elementHTML5
<figure>Specifies self-contained contentHTML5
<font>Defines font, color, and size for text. Not supported in HTML5. Use CSS instead
<footer>Defines a footer for a document or sectionHTML5
<form>Defines an HTML form for user input
<frame>Defines a window (a frame) in a frameset. Not supported in HTML5
<frameset>Defines a set of frames. Not supported in HTML5
<h1> to <h6>Defines HTML headings
<head>Contains metadata/information for the document
<header>Defines a header for a document or sectionHTML5
<hr>Defines a thematic change in the content
<html>Defines the root of an HTML document
<i>Defines a part of text in an alternate voice or mood
<iframe>Defines an inline frame
<img>Defines an image
<input>Defines an input control
<ins>Defines a text that has been inserted into a document
<isindex>Defines a single-line input field. Not supported in HTML5
<kbd>Defines keyboard input
<keygen>Generate key information in a formHTML5
<label>Defines a label for an <input> element
<layer>Defines a layer
<legend>Defines a caption for a <fieldset> element
<li>Defines a list item
<link>Defines the relationship between a document and an external resource (most used to link to style sheets)
<main>Specifies the main content of a documentHTML5
<map>Defines an image map
<mark>Defines marked/highlighted textHTML5
<marquee>Creates a scrolling-text marquee. Not supported in HTML5
<menu>Defines a menu list. Not supported in HTML5
<menuitem>Defines a command/menu item that the user can invoke from a popup menuHTML5
<meta>Defines metadata about an HTML document
<meter>Defines a scalar measurement within a known range (a gauge)
<multicol>Defines a multicolumn text flow
<nav>Defines navigation linksHTML5
<nobr>No breaks are allowed in the enclosed text
<noembed>Defines content to be presented by browsers that do not support the embed tag
<noframes>Defines alternate content for users that do not support frames. Not supported in HTML5
<noscript>Defines alternate content for users that do not support client-side scripts
<object>Defines a container for an external application
<ol>Defines an ordered list
<outgroup>Defines a group of related options in a drop-down list
<option>Defines an option in a drop-down list
<output>Defines the result of a calculationHTML5
<p>Defines a paragraph
<param>Defines a parameter for an object
<picture>Defines a container for multiple image resources
<plaintext>Render the remainder of the document as preformatted plain text. Not supported in HTML5
<pre>Defines preformatted text
<progress>Represents the progress of a taskHTML5
<q>Defines a short quotation
<rp>Defines what to show in browsers that do not support ruby annotationsHTML5
<rt>Defines an explanation/pronunciation of characters (for East Asian typography)HTML5
<ruby>Defines a ruby annotation (for East Asian typography)HTML5
<s>Defines text that is no longer correct
<samp>Defines sample output from a computer program
<script>Defines a client-side script
<section>Defines a section in a documentHTML5
<spacer>Defines a white space
<select>Defines a drop-down list
<small>Defines smaller text
<source>Defines multiple media resources for media elements (<video> and <audio>)HTML5
<span>Defines a section in a document
<strike>Defines strikethrough text. Not supported in HTML5. Use <del> or <s> instead
<strong>Defines important text
<style>Defines style information for a document
<sub>Defines subscripted text
<summary>Defines a visible heading for a <details> elementHTML5
<sup>Defines superscripted text
<svg>Defines a container for SVG graphics
<table>Defines a table
<body>Groups the body content in a table
<td>Defines a cell in a table
<template>Defines a container for content that should be hidden when the page loads
<textarea>Defines a multiline input control (text area)
<tfoot>Groups the footer content in a table
<th>Defines a header cell in a table
<thead>Groups the header content in a table
<time>Defines a specific time (or datetime)HTML5
<title>Defines a title for the document
<tr>Defines a row in a table
<track>Defines text tracks for media elements (<video> and <audio>)HTML5
<tt>Defines teletype text. Not supported in HTML5. Use CSS instead
<u>Defines some text that is unarticulated and styled differently from normal text
<ul>Defines an unordered list
<var>Defines a variable
<video>Defines embedded video contentHTML5
<wbr>Defines a possible line-break within a <nobr> section
<xmp>Defines preformatted text. Not supported in HTML5

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