This is a list of the most common HTML tags.

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Where a tag shows ... this indicates that additional attributes and values are usually required.

HTML Tag Type Description

<!-- ... -->

Comment

Anything typed in this tag is not displayed

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A

<a href ...> </a>

Hyperlink

Link to another page or site

<abbr> </abbr>

Text format

Denotes an abbreviation

<acronym> </acronym>

Text format

Denotes an acronym

<address> </address>

Text format

Address, built in text style (italic)

<area ...>

Map element

Defines a hot spot on an image map

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B

<b> </b>

Text format

Makes text bold

<bgsound ...>

Media

Add background sound to a page

<big> </big>

Text format

Makes text one size larger (relative)

<blink> </blink>

Text format

Makes text flash on and off

<body> </body>

Page element

Contains code to be displayed

<br>

Text format

Breaks text without starting a new paragraph

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D

<div> ... </div>

Layout element

Creates a division in the page

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E

<em> </em>

Text format

Emphasis, built in text style (italic)

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F

<font ...> </font>

Text format

Specifies colour, size etc. of text

<form ...> </form>

Form

Contains elements of a form

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H

<head> </head>

Page element

Contains hidden page information

<h1> </h1> to
<h6> </h6>

Text format

Headings, built in text styles

<hr>

Horizontal rule

<html> </html>

Page element

Contains all html code in page

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I

<i> </i>

Text format

Makes text italic

<img ...>

Media

Embeds an image in the page

<input ...>

Form element

Specifies a form input element

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L

<li> </li>

List format

An item in an ordered or unordered list

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M

<map ...>

Map element

Defines an image map

<marquee ...> </marquee>

Text format

Creates a moving text effect

<meta ...>

Page element

Provides hidden page information

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O

<ol> </ol>

List format

Specifies an ordered (numbered) list

<option> </option>

Form element

Denotes an item in a <select> tag

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P

<p> </p>

Text format

Denotes a paragraph

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S

<select> </select>

Form element

Specifies a multiple choice list of options

<small> </small>

Text format

Makes text one size smaller (relative)

<span> </span>

Layout element

Defines an area for CSS formatting

<strong> </strong>

Text format

Built in text style (bold)

<style> </style>

Formatting

Contains style sheet information within a page

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T

<table> </table>

Table element

Contains elements of a table

<td> </td>

Table element

Creates a cell

<textarea> </textarea>

Form element

Specifies a multi-line input field

<title> </title>

Page element

Contains the page title

<tr> </tr>

Table element

Creates a row

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U

<u> </u>

Text format

Makes text underlined

<ul> </ul>

List format

Creates an unordered (bullet) list