HTML Tag Guide

This is a resource page for content editors to see what common HTML tags they may see while editing their content.

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The magority of HTML tags must have two parts:

  1. an opening tag (ie. <p>)
  2. a closing tag (ie. </p>)

For example, <p> is the opening tag and </p> is the closing tag. Note that the closing tag has the same text as the opening tag, but has an additional forward-slash ( / ) character.

Some tags are an exception to this, meaning a closing tag isn't required. The <img> tag is just one example.
( ie. The whole image tag can be written as: <img src="link to image file" /> )

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Common Tags

Tag Description
<h1>heading</h1> There are 6 levels of headings. The number can be 1 thru 6.
<p>paragraph</p> Contain/Surround paragraph text.
<b>bold</b> or <strong>bold</strong> Either of these tags will bold the containing text by default.
<i>italic</i> or <em>emphasis</em> Either of these tags will italicize the containing text by default.
<a href="url/to/file or page.extension">link name</a> Create a link to page or website

<div>content</div>

Division or container of content in a page.
<img src="link to image file.jpg" /> Used to show an image on a page
<ul>
<li>list item</li>
<li>list item</li>
</ul>
Creates an unordered list (ul) with multiple list items (li).
<br /> Creates a line break in content.
<span>text</span> Used to add special styling to the text contained within these tags.

Format Text

Tag Description
<h1> text </h1> There are 6 levels of headings. The number can be 1 thru 6.
<b> text </b> Bold Text
<i> text </i> Italic Text
<u> text </u> Underline Text
<strike> text </strike> Strikeout
<sup> text </sup> Superscript - Smaller text located below normal text
<sub> text </sub> Subscript - Smaller text located below normal text
<small> text </small> Small - smaller size text than the default size
<tt> text </tt> Typewriter Text
<pre> text </pre> Pre-formatted Text
<blockquote> text </blockquote> Text Block Quote (Has special styling)
<strong> text </strong> Strong - Shown as Bold in most browsers
<em> text </em> Emphasis - Shown as Italics in most browsers

Last Modified: 7/20/17 12:19 PM