Text Characteristics

For the sake of brevity, I've redone this page into 3 simple tables. This lists what all of the basic tags are for text in HTML pages.

HTML Text Effects Tags

Name Code Sample of Effect
Bold <b></b> Bold Text
Strong <strong></strong> Strong Text
Emphasized <em></em> Emphasized Text
Italics <i></i> Italics Text
Underline <u></u> Underlined Text
Typewriter Font <tt></tt> Typewriter Font (fixed pitch)
Code <code></code> Code for programs
Blink <blink></blink> Blink (annoying, huh?)
Keyboard <kbd></kbd> Text to type on Keyboard
Sample <samp></samp> Sample Text
Strike <strike></strike> Strike out text (Legal Stuff)
Small <small></small> Small Text
Superscript <sup></sup> This is Superscript text
Subscript <sub></sub> This is Subscript text
Big <big></big> This is Big text


The <h?></h?> tags change your text size and emphasizes the text content for the search engines.


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The direction helps indicate where you want your text to line up. The direction can be left, right or center.
The URL is the filename of a graphics image to put in front of the text.
Prevents the browser from arbitrarily breaking long headings automatically. Use the <br> tag yourself.
Allow you to position a heading after a graphic. Clear can be left, right or all.
Allows you to use special codes.


     The <font></font> tags can change the size of your text. It is also the HTML code for text colors.


The SIZE is expressed in a number between 1 and 6, with 6 being the largest font size. The normal size is 3.
The SIZE is adjusted to a size relative to the surrounding text. You could use a +1 to make it a size larger or a -1 to make it a size smaller.
This is the HTML code for text colors.
You can select font styles by name. Beware that fontfaces are only available if the users local machine has it installed. Otherwise, the font face is the default font face.