Formatting Elements

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Formatting Elements

HTML 4 Formatting Elements

In HTML 4 and XHTML, most formatting tags have been deprecated. The five that remained are shown in the table below. But in HTML5, none of these are considered formatting elements anymore.

Non-deprecated Formatting Tags (in HTML 4.0)
Tag Description HTML5 Notes
<b> Bolds text For "text to be stylistically offset from the normal prose without conveying any extra importance" (see reference)
<i> Italicizes text For "text in an alternate voice or mood" (see reference)
<tt> Renders teletype text Deprecated in HTML5.
<big> Increases font size Deprecated in HTML5.
<small> Decreases font size For "side comments and small print" (see reference)

The example below shows how they are used:

Code Sample:

<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>Non-deprecated formatting tags</title>
<h1>Non-deprecated formatting tags</h1>
	<big>Big font</big>
	<small>Small font</small>

The page is rendered as follows:

All of these effects can be created with CSS, so if you just want to change the formatting without implying any specific meaning, you should use CSS instead.