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HTML 4.01 Element Reference

By Lee Underwood

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Name: HTML Document Root

<html> (opt.) ... </html> (opt.)

Description: Acts as a container for the entire page.

Browser Compatibility: NN: 4.0+ / IE: 4.0+ / Opera: 4+

Attributes:
  • dir
  • lang
  • version*

* Deprecated

Code Example:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

<html>
<head>
<title>Page Title</title>
</head>
<body>
   Body of document
</body>
</html>

Comments: Opening tag appears on the next line after the DOCTYPE and the closing tag is placed on the last line of the entire page.

XHTML Notes: Both opening and closing elements are required.




Created: March 15, 2005

URL: http://webreference.com/html/reference/specs/