Text Formatting Elements

The following information type and character formatting elements are supported by most browsers.

Information type elements:
NOTE : Different information type elements may be rendered in the same way. The following are what are sometimes called Logical formatting elements. They suggest to the browser that the enclosed text should be rendered in a way set by the browser, rather than physically fixing the display type. Elements that do this, are character formatting elements (see below, also known as Physical elements) that produce strict rendering of the text. Note : The browse sequence for this chapter orders the elements according to the lists below, not alphabetically.

<!-- ... --> - Defining comments
<ACRONYM> - Define an Acronym
<CITE> - Citation
<COMMENT> - Comment
<CODE> - An example of Code
<DEL> - Deleted Text
<DFN> - Defining Instance
<EM> - Emphasis
<INS> - Inserted Text
<KBD> - User typed text
<Q> - An in-line quote
<SAMP> - A sequence of literal characters
<STRONG> - Strong typographic emphasis
<VAR> - Indicates a variable name

Character formatting elements:

<B> - Boldface type
<BIG> - Big text
<BLINK> - Blinking text
<BUTTON> - HTML content button
<FONT> - Font setting
<ILAYER> - In-line layer
<I> - Italics
<SMALL> - Small text
<SPAN> - Text span
<STRIKE> (or <S> ... </S>)- Text that has been struck through
<SUB> - Subscript
<SUP> - Superscript
<TT> - TypeType (or Teletype)
<U> - Underlined text

While Character formatting elements (physical elements) may be nested within the content of other character formatting elements browsers are not required to render nested character- level elements distinctly from non-nested elements:

plain <B>bold <I>italic</I></B>

may be rendered the same as

plain <B>bold </B><I>italic</I>