Block and Inline Elements

Domains: HTML

Every HTML element has a default display value depending on what type of element it is. The default display value for most elements is block or inline.

Block-level Elements

A block-level element always starts on a new line and takes up the full width available (stretches out to the left and right as far as it can).

The <div> element is a block-level element.

<div>Hello</div>
<div>World</div>

Block level elements in HTML:

<address> <article> <aside> <blockquote> <canvas> <dd>
<div> <dl> <dt> <fieldset> <figcaption> <figure>
<footer> <form> <h1>-<h6> <header> <hr> <li>
<main> <nav> <noscript> <ol> <output> <p>
<pre> <section> <table> <tfoot> <ul> <video>

Inline Elements

An inline element does not start on a new line and only takes up as much width as necessary.

This is an inline <span> element inside a paragraph.

<span>Hello</span>
<span>World</span>

Inline elements in HTML:

<a> <abbr> <acronym> <b> <bdo> <big>
<br> <button> <cite> <code> <dfn> <em>
<i> <img> <input> <kbd> <label> <map>
<object> <q> <samp> <script> <select> <small>
<span> <strong> <sub> <sup> <textarea> <time>
<tt> <var>

The <div> Element

The <div> element is often used as a container for other HTML elements.

The <div> element has no required attributes, but style, class and id are common.

When used together with CSS, the <div> element can be used to style blocks of content:

<div style="background-color:black;color:white;padding:20px;">
  <h2>London</h2>
  <p>London is the capital city of England. It is the most populous city in the United Kingdom, with a metropolitan area of over 13 million inhabitants.</p>
</div>

The <span> Element

The <span> element is often used as a container for some text.

The <span> element has no required attributes, but style, class and id are common.

When used together with CSS, the <span> element can be used to style parts of the text:

<h1>My <span style="color:red">Important</span> Heading</h1>

HTML Grouping Tags

Tag Description
<div> Defines a section in a document (block-level)
<span> Defines a section in a document (inline)

For a complete list of all available HTML tags, visit our HTML Tag Reference.

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Inline Elements

Block-level Elements

HTML Tags

HTML Documents

HTML Element

HTML Attributes

The width and height Attributes

The id Attribute

The required Attribute

<abbr>

<canvas>

<address>

<cite>

<bdo>

<video>

<object>

<map>

<img>

HTML Tables

<tfoot>

<ul>

<ol>

<dl>

<dt>

<dd>

<figcaption>

<figure>

<main>

<time>

The HTML <noscript> Tag

<header>

<nav>

<section>

<article>

<aside>

<footer>

<kbd>

<samp>

<code>

<var>

HTML Forms

<fieldset>

<input>

<select>

<textarea>

<button>

HTML5 <output>

<h1>

HTML Paragraphs

HTML Links

<pre>

<br>

<strong>

<b>

<i>

<em>

<small>

<sub>

<sup>

<q>

<blockquote>