The Complete HTML 4.01 Reference

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The links in the "Start tag" column point to attributes and more useful information about the specific tag. The links in the "Demo" column point to programming examples on the specific tag.

NN: Netscape, IE: Internet Explorer, W3C: Web Standard

RED text indicates deprecated tags with no guarantee for future browser support.

Start tag Purpose NN IE W3C
<!--> Defines a comment 3.0 3.0 3.2
<!DOCTYPE> Defines the document type     3.2
<a> Defines an anchor 3.0 3.0 3.2
<abbr> Defines an abbreviation     4.0
<acronym> Defines an acronym   4.0 4.0
<address> Defines an address element 4.0 4.0 3.2
<applet> Deprecated. Use <object> instead      
<area> Defines an area inside an image map 3.0 3.0 3.2
<b> Defines bold text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<base> Defines a default reference to external resources 3.0 3.0 3.2
<basefont> Deprecated. Use styles instead      
<bdo> Defines the direction of text display   5.0 4.0
<big> Defines big text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<blockquote> Defines a long quotation 3.0 3.0 3.2
<body> Defines the body element 3.0 3.0 3.2
<br> Inserts a single line break 3.0 3.0 3.2
<button> Defines a push button   4.0 4.0
<caption> Defines a table caption 3.0 3.0 3.2
<center> Deprecated. Use styles instead      
<cite> Defines a citation 3.0 3.0 3.2
<code> Defines computer code text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<col> Defines attributes for table columns    3.0 4.0
<colgroup> Defines groups of table columns   3.0 4.0
<dd> Defines a definition description 3.0 3.0 3.2
<del> Defines deleted text   4.0 4.0
<dfn> Defines a definition term   3.0 3.2
<dir> Deprecated. Use <ul> instead      
<div> Defines a section in a document 3.0 3.0 3.2
<dl> Defines a definition list 3.0 3.0 3.2
<dt> Defines a definition term 3.0 3.0 3.2
<em> Defines emphasized text  3.0 3.0 3.2
<fieldset> Defines a fieldset   4.0 4.0
<font> Deprecated. Use styles instead      
<form> Defines a form  3.0 3.0 3.2
<frame> Defines a sub window (a frame) 3.0 3.0 4.0
<frameset> Defines a set of frames 3.0 3.0 4.0 
<h1> to <h6> Defines header 1 to header 6 3.0 3.0 3.2
<head> Defines information about the document 3.0 3.0 3.2
<hr> Defines a horizontal rule 3.0 3.0 3.2
<html> Defines a html document 3.0 3.0 3.2
<i> Defines italic text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<iframe> Defines an inline sub window (frame) 6.0 3.0 4.0
<img> Defines an image 3.0 3.0 3.2
<input> Defines an input field 3.0 3.0 3.2
<ins> Defines inserted text   4.0 4.0
<isindex> Deprecated. Use <input> instead      
<kbd> Defines keyboard text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<label> Defines a label    4.0 4.0
<legend> Defines a title in a fieldset   4.0 4.0
<li> Defines a list item 3.0 3.0 3.2
<link> Defines a resource reference 4.0 3.0 3.2
<listing> Deprecated. Use <pre> instead      
<map> Defines an image map  3.0 3.0 3.2
<menu> Deprecated. Use <ul> instead      
<meta> Defines meta information 3.0 3.0 3.2
<noframes> Defines a noframe section 3.0 3.0 4.0
<noscript> Defines a noscript section 3.0 3.0 4.0
<object> Defines an embedded object   3.0 4.0
<ol> Defines an ordered list 3.0 3.0 3.2
<optgroup> Defines an option group 6.0   4.0
<option> Defines an item in a list box 3.0 3.0 3.2
<p> Defines a paragraph 3.0 3.0 3.2
<param> Defines a parameter for an object 3.0 3.0 3.2
<plaintext> Deprecated. Use <pre> instead      
<pre> Defines preformatted text 3.0 3.0 3.2 
<q> Defines a short quotation   4.0 4.0
<s> Deprecated. Use <del> instead      
<samp> Defines sample computer code 3.0 3.0 3.2
<script> Defines a script 3.0 3.0 3.2
<select> Defines a selectable list 3.0 3.0 3.2
<small> Defines small text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<span> Defines a section in a document 4.0 3.0 4.0
<strike> Deprecated. Use <del> instead      
<strong> Defines strong text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<style> Defines a style definition 4.0 3.0 3.2
<sub> Defines subscripted text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<sup> Defines superscripted text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<table> Defines a table 3.0 3.0 3.2
<tbody> Defines a table body   4.0 4.0
<td> Defines a table cell 3.0 3.0 3.2
<textarea> Defines a text area 3.0 3.0 3.2
<tfoot> Defines a table footer   4.0 4.0
<th> Defines a table header 3.0 3.0 3.2
<thead> Defines a table header   4.0 4.0
<title> Defines the document title 3.0 3.0 3.2
<tr> Defines a table row 3.0 3.0 3.2
<tt> Defines teletype text 3.0 3.0 3.2
<u> Deprecated. Use styles instead      
<ul> Defines an unordered list 3.0 3.0 3.2
<var> Defines a variable 3.0 3.0 3.2
<xmp> Deprecated. Use <pre> instead