How to Work with Block and Inline Elements in HTML

Visible elements in HTML may be block or inline. In this how-to, you'll learn the difference between these two types of elements.

Block Elements

Block elements are elements that separate a block of content. For example, a paragraph (<p>) element is a block element. Other block elements include:

  1. Lists (<ul> and <ol>)
  2. Tables (<table>)
  3. Forms (<form>)
  4. Divs (<div>)

Inline Elements

Inline elements are elements that affect only snippets of content and do not block off a section of a page. Examples of inline elements include:

  1. Links (<a>)
  2. Images (<img>)
  3. Formatting tags (<i>, <b>, <big>, <small>, etc.)
  4. Phrase elements (<em>, <strong>, <code>, etc.)
  5. Spans (<span>)
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