<code> Tag for Program Code


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The <code> Tag in HTML 5

The <code> tag represents computer code. The code element is one of the phrase elements in HTML.

<code> Tag Syntax

Rules for coding HTML code elements
   ... phrasing content expected ...<code>... phrasing content ...</code>...
Rules for coding HTML code elements

Make sure you understand the difference between a tag and element and are familiar with the definitions of namespace and other HTML terms.

  1. Code the code element to indicate computer code within a paragraph where phrasing content is expected.
  2. Begin the code element with a starting <code> tag. The element name uses lower case letters and should be in the HTML namespace, which it will pick up automatically from the xmlns attribute on the <html> tag.
  3. Include any HTML global attributes on the <code> tag as appropriate.
  4. Inside the code element, between the starting <code> tag and the ending </code> tag, code the inner HTML phrasing content.
  5. End the code element with a matching </code> closing tag.
Content Model
Content of the code element

The content of the code element can include HTML comments, text content and only those HTML tags that can be used in phrasing content.

<code> Tag Attributes

Attributes of the <code> tag
global attributes The only attributes that can be coded on the <cite> tag are the common HTML attributes.

<code> Tag Examples

Examples of the code tag in HTML 5

Changes in HTML 5 - <code> Tag

What's new in HTML 5
Differences between HTML 5 and earlier versions of HTML

The 2000-2010 Recommendations from the W3C HTML Working Group defined the HTML namespace for the code element type name along with the names of all HTML element types. In older (pre-2000) versions of HTML, element type names were not associated with a namespace.

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