HTML 5 Tags

The following table provides a list of the tags (or elements) supported in HTML 5 (officially written as HTML5 – without the space). This list is based on the HTML5 Working Draft as of February 2009.

The previous/current version of HTML is HTML 4.01. Here’s a list of HTML 4.01 tags.

Tag Description New in HTML5?
<!–…–> Specifies a comment  
<!DOCTYPE>  Specifies the document type  
<a> Specifies a hyperlink  
<abbr> Specifies an abbreviation  
<address> Specifies an address element  
<area> Specifies an area inside an image map  
<article> Specifies an article NEW
<aside> Specifies content aside from the page content NEW
<audio> Specifies sound content NEW
<b> Specifies bold text  
<base> Specifies a base URL for all the links in a page  
<bdo> Specifies the direction of text display  
<blockquote> Specifies a long quotation  
<body> Specifies the body element  
<br> Inserts a single line break  
<button> Specifies a push button  
<canvas> Define graphics NEW
<caption> Specifies a table caption  
<cite> Specifies a citation  
<code> Specifies computer code text  
<col> Specifies attributes for table columns  
<colgroup> Specifies groups of table columns  
<command> Specifies a command NEW
<datalist> Specifies an "autocomplete" dropdown list NEW
<dd> Specifies a definition description  
<del> Specifies deleted text  
<details> Specifies details of an element NEW
<dfn> Defines a definition term  
<div> Specifies a section in a document  
<dl> Specifies a definition list  
<dt> Specifies a definition term  
<em> Specifies emphasized text  
<embed> Specifies external application or interactive content NEW
<eventsource> Specifies a target for events sent by a server NEW
<fieldset> Specifies a fieldset  
<figcaption> Specifies caption for the figure element. NEW
<figure> Specifies a group of media content, and their caption NEW
<footer> Specifies a footer for a section or page NEW
<form> Specifies a form  
<h1> Specifies a heading level 1  
<h2> Specifies a heading level 2  
<h3> Specifies a heading level 3  
<h4> Specifies a heading level 4  
<h5> Specifies a heading level 5  
<h6> Specifies a heading level 6  
<head> Specifies information about the document  
<header> Specifies a group of introductory or navigational aids, including hgroup elements NEW
<hgroup> Specifies a header for a section or page NEW
<hr> Specifies a horizontal rule  
<html> Specifies an html document  
<i> Specifies italic text  
<iframe> Specifies an inline sub window (frame)  
<img> Specifies an image  
<input> Specifies an input field  
<ins> Specifies inserted text  
<kbd> Specifies keyboard text  
<keygen> Generates a key pair NEW
<label> Specifies a label for a form control  
<legend> Specifies a title in a fieldset  
<li> Specifies a list item  
<link> Specifies a resource reference  
<mark> Specifies marked text NEW
<map> Specifies an image map  
<menu> Specifies a menu list  
<meta> Specifies meta information  
<meter> Specifies measurement within a predefined range NEW
<nav> Specifies navigation links NEW
<noscript> Specifies a noscript section  
<object> Specifies an embedded object  
<ol> Specifies an ordered list  
<optgroup> Specifies an option group  
<option> Specifies an option in a drop-down list  
<output> Specifies some types of output NEW
<p> Specifies a paragraph  
<param> Specifies a parameter for an object  
<pre> Specifies preformatted text  
<progress> Specifies progress of a task of any kind NEW
<q> Specifies a short quotation  
<ruby> Specifies a ruby annotation (used in East Asian typography) NEW
<rp> Used for the benefit of browsers that don’t support ruby annotations NEW
<rt> Specifies the ruby text component of a ruby annotation. NEW
<samp> Specifies sample computer code  
<script> Specifies a script  
<section> Specifies a section NEW
<select> Specifies a selectable list  
<small> Specifies small text  
<source> Specifies media resources NEW
<span> Specifies a section in a document  
<strong> Specifies strong text  
<style> Specifies a style definition  
<sub> Specifies subscripted text  
<summary> Specifies a summary/caption for the <details> element NEW
<sup> Specifies superscripted text  
<table> Specifies a table  
<tbody> Specifies a table body  
<td> Specifies a table cell  
<textarea> Specifies a text area  
<tfoot> Specifies a table footer  
<th> Specifies a table header  
<thead> Specifies a table header  
<time> Specifies a date/time NEW
<title> Specifies the document title  
<tr> Specifies a table row  
<ul> Specifies an unordered list  
<var> Specifies a variable  
<video> Specifies a video NEW
<wbr> Specifies a line break opportunity for very long words and strings of text with no spaces. NEW

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