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HTML Tag Quick Reference Guide

HTML Tag Quick Reference Guide

Click on a particular category of tags to jump directly to it, or browse the full reference list.

Note: In older versions of HTML, some tags did not require ending tags. With the emergence of XML and XHTML, you should be sure to include both beginning and ending tags.

DocumentImagesFormsBasic TextImagemapsMETA TagsListsTablesStyle SheetsLinksFramesSpecial Characters

Structure Tags
FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
HTML Filenone
File Headernone
File Titlenone
Comments
Bodybackground=”filename”
bgcolor=”color value”
text=”color value”
link=”color value”
vlink=”color value”
Division
align=”right/left/center”
style=”property:value;”
class=”classname”

Span (inline)style=”property:value;”
class=”classname”

Basic Text Tags
FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
Line Break
clear=”left/right/all” or
Paragraph

align=”center/right”

Boldnone
Italicnone
Typewriter Textnone
Headlinealign=”center/right”
Fontface=”name, name”
size=”+/-value/fixed size”
color=”color value”
Note: the font tag is being phased out in favor of CSS styles.
Horizontal Rule

size=”XX”
width=”XX/XX%”
noshade

or


Block Quote

none

Division
align=”left/center/right”


List Tags
FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
Unordered List
    type=”disc/circle/square”

    Ordered List
      type=”I/A/1/a/i”
      start=”value to start counting at”

      List Item
    1. type=all ul and ol options

      Definiton List
      none

      Definition List Item
      none

      Definition List Definition
      none


      Link Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Anchor Linkhref=”filename”
      target=”windowname”
      Anchor Markname=”markname”

      Image Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Insert Imagesrc=”filename”
      align=”left/right”
      width=”XXX”
      height=”XXX”
      alt=”text that desribes image”
      ISMAP
      USEMAP=”#mapname”

      Client-side Imagemap Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Define Map name=”mapname”

      Area Definition shape=”rect/circle/poly/point”
      coords=”X,Y,X,Y”
      href=”imagename”


      Table Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Table
      border=”X”
      width=”XX/X%”
      cellspacing=”XX”
      cellpadding=”XX”
      bgcolor=”color value” background=”filename”

      Table Row
      align=”left/center/right”
      valign=”top/middle/bottom”
      bgcolor=”color value”
      Table Data align=”left/center/right”
      valign=”top/middle/bottom”
      width=X
      nowrap
      colspan=”X”
      rowspan=”X”
      bgcolor=”color value”
      Table Header align=”left/center/right”
      valign=”top/middle/bottom”
      width=X
      nowrap
      colspan=”X”
      rowspan=”X”
      bgcolor=”color value”

      Caption
      align=”left/center/right”
      valign=”top/middle/bottom”


      Frame Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Set Framescols=”XX/XX%/*”
      rows=”XX/XX%/*”
      Frame Definitionsrc=”filename”
      name=”framename”
      noresize
      scroll=auto/yes/no
      marginwidth=”XX”
      marginheight=”XX”
      Basetarget=”framename”/
      “_self”/
      “_top”/
      “_parent”
      (Note the underscores)
      No FramesBetween start and end tags, place the content that appears when a non-frames browser loads this page.

      Form Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Form
      method=get/put
      action=”programname”

      Input Fieldname=”variablename”
      type=text/password/
      checkbox/radio/submit/
      reset/image
      Selection Listname=”variablename”
      size=XX
      multiple
      Selection Optionnone
      Scrolling Text Fieldname=”variablename”
      rows=XX
      cols=XX

      Meta Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag

      (Server metatags)
      http-equiv=”refresh”
      content=”seconds, filename”
      none

      (Content metatags)
      name=”keywords/description/author/
      generator/abstract/expiration”
      content=”your information”
      none

      Style Sheet Tags
      FunctionStart TagAttributesEnd Tag
      Style Definition Area

      Link to external CSS Filerel=stylesheet
      type=”text/css”
      href=”URL”
      none

      Commonly-Used Special Characters
      NameSymbolHTML Equivalent
      ampersand&&
      cent sign

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