Make your own free website on Tripod.com

 

The HTML Reference


Just click the element you want the details for.


<!-->--Comments And Server Side Includes

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required This tag takes no content.

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<!DOCTYPE>--Starting An HTML Page

Purpose: Formally starts an HTML document, indicating the version of HTML used.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/None

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<A>--Creating A Hyperlink Or Anchor

Purpose: Creates a hyperlink (use the HREF attribute) or anchor (use the NAME attribute).

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<ABBR>--Displaying Abbreviations

Purpose: Styles text as an abbreviation.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Optional

Supported: [4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<ACRONYM>--Displaying Acronyms

Purpose: Used to display acronyms.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [4, IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<ADDRESS>--Displaying An Address

Purpose: Displays text styled as an address.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<APPLET>--Embedding Applets In Web Pages

Purpose: Embeds applets in Web pages. Superseded by the <OBJECT> element. Deprecated.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [3.2, 4, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<AREA>--Creating Clickable Regions In Image Maps

Purpose: Specifies a clickable region in a client-side image map. Use this element in <MAP> elements.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Omitted. This element does not take any content.

Supported: [3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<B>--Creating Bold Text

Purpose: Sets the text style to bold.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BASE>--Setting The Base For Hyperlinks

Purpose: Sets the base URL for the hyperlinks in a page.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Omitted. This element takes no content. Can only be used in the <HEAD> section.

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BASEFONT>--Setting The Base Font

Purpose: Sets the base font. Relative font changes (created with the <FONT> element) are made with respect to the base font. Deprecated in HTML 4.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Omitted

Supported: [3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BDO>--Overriding The Bidirectional Character Algorithm

Purpose: Overrides the direction in which text is to be read, so the browser can render text from different languages satisfactorily.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BGSOUND>--Adding Background Sounds

Purpose: Plays background sound from AU, MIDI, or WAV files while the user is viewing a page.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Omitted. This element contains no content.

Supported: [IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BIG>--Creating Big Text

Purpose: Renders text in a bigger font than the current default. Often used for emphasis.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [3, 3.2, 4, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BLINK>--Making Text Blink

Purpose: Displays enclosed text as blinking on and off approximately once a second.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BLOCKQUOTE>--Indenting Quotations

Purpose: Indents and styles text as a quotation. Use for longer, multiline quotations; otherwise use <Q>.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BODY>--Creating A Web Page's Body

Purpose: Contains the body of the HTML document, which includes the content that will actually appear in the Web browser. The entire content of the Web page is placed in the page's <BODY> element.

Start Tag/End Tag: Optional/Optional

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BR>--Inserting Line Breaks

Purpose: Inserts a line break into a page.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Omitted. This tag does not contain any content.

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<BUTTON>--Creating A Customizable Button

Purpose: Creates a customizable button.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [4, IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Events:

Back to top

<CAPTION>--Creating A Table Caption

Purpose: Specifies the data for a table cell. Used inside the <TR> element.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<CENTER>--Centering Text

Purpose: Centers its enclosed text in the Web browser. Deprecated in HTML 4.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<CITE>--Creating A Citation

Purpose: Styles text as a citation; usually rendered in italics.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<CODE>--Displaying Program Code

Purpose: Styles text as program code in a monospace font.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<COL>--Define A Column

Purpose: Defines a column structure inside a <COLGROUP> element. Using this element is optional in <COLGROUP> elements.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Omitted

Supported: [4, IE3, IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<COLGROUP>--Grouping And Formatting Columns

Purpose: Creates a column group, letting you format columns to your specifications.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Optional

Supported: [4, IE3, IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DD>--Creating Definition List Definitions

Purpose: Specifies a definition description for use in definition lists. Use with <DT> elements inside a <DL> element.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Optional

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DEL>--Displaying Text As Deleted

Purpose: Marks text as deleted. Rendered as strikethrough text in Internet Explorer.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [4, IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DFN>--Defining New Terms

Purpose: Styles text to indicate the first time a term is used--that is, to indicate that you're defining the term; usually rendered as italics.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DIR>--Deprecated List

Purpose: Creates a directory list; usually displayed simply as an unordered list. Deprecated.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DIV>--Formatting Block Text

Purpose: Selects a block of text so you can apply styles.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [3, 3.2, 4, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DL>--Creating Definition Lists

Purpose: Creates a definition list. Embed <DT> and <DD> elements in a <DL> element.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Required

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

<DT>--Creating Definition List Terms

Purpose: Specifies a definition term used in definition lists. Use inside a <DL> element and pair with <DT> elements.

Start Tag/End Tag: Required/Optional

Supported: [2, 3, 3.2, 4, IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4, IE5, NS1, NS2, NS3, NS4]

Attributes:

Back to top

Literary Freeware: Not for Commercial Use. Copyright (c)  
This HTML version was converted by - us. 
Based on the text edition . 
Permission is granted to make and distribute copies of this publication provided the 
copyright notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

Copyright 1998-2001
imi All rights reserved.
Comments or Enquiry Please
CONTACT INTERACT MANAGEMENT INC.