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HTML Elements Index

A continuously updated list of all HTML and XHTML elements. Note announcement with comments, notes, as well as the complementary CSS properties index.

Element (Meaning) ↓ HTML 1 HTML 2.0 HTML 3.2 HTML 4.01 XHTML 1.0 XHTML 1.1 HTML 5.2 HTML
1992 1995 1997 1999 2000 2010 2017
a (anchor) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
abbr (abbreviation) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
acronym (acronym) no no no yes yes yes no no
address (author information) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
applet (Java applet) no no yes yes yes no no no
area (client-side image map) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
article (“independent” section) no no no no no no yes yes
aside (“auxiliary” section) no no no no no no yes yes
audio (audio stream) no no no no no no yes yes
b (bold text style; HTML 5: for attention) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
base (document base URI) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
basefont (base font size) no no yes yes yes no no no
bdi (I18N: bidi isolation) no no no no no no yes yes
bdo (I18N: bidi override) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
big (large text style) no no yes yes yes yes no no
blockquote (long quotation) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
body (document body) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
br (forced line break) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
button (push button) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
canvas (bitmap canvas) no no no no no no yes yes
caption (table caption) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
center (<div align="center">) no no yes yes yes no no no
cite (citation) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
code (code fragment) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
col (table column) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
colgroup (table column group) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
data (data with machine-readable equivalent) no no no no no no yes yes
datalist (data list) no no no no no no yes yes
dd (definition description) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
del (deleted text) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
details (additional information) no no no no no no yes yes
dfn (instance definition) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
dialog (user interaction) no no no no no no yes yes
dir (directory list) yes yes yes yes yes no no no
div (generic container) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
dl (definition list) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
dt (definition term) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
em (emphasis) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
embed (integration point) no no no no no no yes yes
fieldset (form control group) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
figcaption (legend) no no no no no no yes yes
figure (paragraph with embedded content and caption) no no no no no no yes yes
font (local change to font) no no yes yes yes no no no
footer (section footer) no no no no no no yes yes
form (interactive form) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
frame (subwindow) no no no yes yes no no no
frameset (window subdivision) no no no yes yes no no no
h1 (heading) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
h2 (heading) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
h3 (heading) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
h4 (heading) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
h5 (heading) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
h6 (heading) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
head (document head) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
header (section header) no no no no no no yes yes
hgroup (section heading) no no no no no no no yes
hr (horizontal rule) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
html (document root) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
i (italic text style; HTML 5: alternate voice) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
iframe (inline subwindow) no no no yes yes no yes yes
img (embedded image) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
input (form control) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
ins (inserted text) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
isindex (single line prompt) yes yes yes yes yes no no no
kbd (keyboard input) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
label (form field label) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
legend (fieldset legend) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
li (list item) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
link (media-independent link) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
listing (listing) yes yes yes no no no no no
main (dominant contents container) no no no no no no yes yes
map (client-side image map) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
mark (marked text) no no no no no no yes yes
menu (menu list) yes yes yes yes yes no no yes
meta (generic meta-information) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
meter (scalar measurement) no no no no no no yes yes
nav (navigation links section) no no no no no no yes yes
nextid (anchor element name hint) yes yes no no no no no no
noframes (fallback container) no no no yes yes no no no
noscript (fallback container) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
object (generic embedded object) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
ol (ordered list) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
optgroup (option group) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
option (selectable choice) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
output (output) no no no no no no yes yes
p (paragraph) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
param (named property value) no no yes yes yes yes yes no
picture (image container) no no no no no no yes yes
plaintext (plain text) yes yes yes no no no no no
pre (preformatted text) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
progress (progress of a task) no no no no no no yes yes
q (short inline quotation) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
rb (ruby base) no no no no no no yes no
rp (ruby parentheses) no no no no no yes yes yes
rt (ruby text) no no no no no yes yes yes
rtc (ruby text container) no no no no no no yes no
ruby (ruby markup) no no no no no yes yes yes
s (strike-through text style) no no no yes yes no yes yes
samp (sample output) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
script (script statements) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
section (document section) no no no no no no yes yes
select (option selector) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
slot (slot) no no no no no no no yes
small (small text style; HTML 5: small print) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
source (media resource) no no no no no no yes yes
span (generic container) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
strike (strike-through text) no no yes yes yes no no no
strong (strong emphasis; HTML 5: importance) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
style (style info) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
sub (subscript) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
summary (summary, caption, or legend) no no no no no no yes yes
sup (superscript) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
table (table) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
tbody (table body) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
td (table data cell) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
template (HTML fragment declaration) no no no no no no yes yes
textarea (multi-line text field) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
tfoot (table footer) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
th (table header cell) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
thead (table header) no no no yes yes yes yes yes
time (date or time) no no no no no no yes yes
title (document title) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
tr (table row) no no yes yes yes yes yes yes
track (timed track) no no no no no no yes yes
tt (teletype text style) no yes yes yes yes yes no no
u (underlined text style) no no yes yes yes no yes yes
ul (unordered list) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
var (variable instance) no yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
video (video) no no no no no no yes yes
wbr (line break opportunity) no no no no no no yes yes
xmp (preformatted text) yes yes yes no no no no no
Number (out of 131) → 22 49 70 91 91 83 111 111
HTML 1 HTML 2.0 HTML 3.2 HTML 4.01 XHTML 1.0 XHTML 1.1 HTML 5.2 HTML

Notes

  1. Only the latest version of the W3C specification of HTML (5) is featured. This is done in order to limit confusion. For the latest in HTML please refer to the WHATWG specification.

  2. Living HTML also knows math, svg, and custom elements. As these represent the parent elements for special markup they’re not part of the index. (When counting HTML elements, this is important to mention.)

  3. XHTML 2.0 was once part of this index, but got removed because it never became a standard. You find the latest version of this index featuring XHTML 2.0 at archive.today.

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