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Part X: Appendixes > Alphabetical HTML 4.0 Element Listing

Alphabetical HTML 4.0 Element Listing

All the elements in the HTML 4.0 Recommendation are listed alphabetically in this appendix, and the following information is presented:

  • Element— The heading shows at a glance:

    The general notation of the element. For example, <TABLE>…</TABLE>.

    Whether start and end tags are

    Required— Tags are present, such as <UL>…</UL>.

    Optional— Tag is in italics, such as <P>… </P>.

    Not allowed— End tag not present, such as <IMG>.

    The HTML 4.0 DTD the element is associated with:

    Strict— Identified by an icon.

    Transitional— Identified by a icon.

    Frameset— Identified by an icon.

    If the element is deprecated, it is identified by a icon.

  • Usage— A general description of the element.

  • Syntax— The syntax of the element is given, showing where the attributes and content are placed. Italicized information (such as attributes) is not part of the element but indicates you should replace that with the values described further in the element reference.

  • Start/End Tag— Indicates whether these tags are required, optional, or illegal.

  • Must be empty?— Indicates whether the element must be empty.

  • Attributes— Lists the attributes of the element, the actual values allowed or a value data type, and a short description of their effect. Some attributes have the actual values given, such as shape=" rect | circle | poly | default", with the default value in bold. Others have italicized data types, such as charset=" character-set ". You should refer to the "Data Types" section at the end of this appendix for an explanation of the different data types allowed. Deprecated and Transitional DTD attributes are annotated with an icon. Strict DTD attributes have no icon and are present in the Transitional and Frameset DTDs. No attempt has been made in this reference to identify browser support for a given attribute.

  • Content— Shows the possible content allowed inside an element, ranging from document data to a variety of other elements.

  • Formalized— States the W3C HTML Recommendation in which the element gained official approval.

  • Browsers— Shows if the element is supported in the top two current browsers (Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator) and the earliest version of the browser supporting the element.

  • Notes— Relates any special considerations when using the element.



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