HTML <small> Tag for Small Text


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The <small> Tag in HTML 5

The <small> tag displays text in a smaller font. It is often used for the text of legal disclaimers, license information, usage requirements or copyright notices.

<small> Tag Syntax

Rules for coding HTML small elements
   ... phrasing content expected ...<small>... phrasing content ...</small>...
Rules for coding HTML small 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 small element for smaller text where phrasing content is expected.
  2. Begin the small element with a starting <small> 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 <small> tag as appropriate.
  4. Inside the small element, between the starting <small> tag and the ending </small> tag, code the inner HTML phrasing content.
  5. End the small element with a matching </small> closing tag.
Content Model
Content of the small element

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

<small> Tag Attributes

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

<small> Tag Examples

Examples of the small tag in HTML 5

Changes in HTML 5 - <small> 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 small 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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