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HTML code Tag

Reading time 1 min
Published Mar 19, 2019
Updated Oct 1, 2019

HTML code Tag: Main Tips

  • The <code> element usually contains fragments of HTML code (or code of other languages) and styles them differently than the rest of the text.
  • Browsers display the content of HTML <code> tags by applying the default monospaced font.
  • The <code> and <samp> elements are used for creating examples or snippets of HTML codes.
  • HTML <code> tags must be closed.

How code Works

HTML <code> tag changes the styling of its content to make computer code fragments easier to identify.

Example
<p>
  Default style for code element<br>
  <code>
    code {
        font-family:monospace;
    }
  </code>
</p>

In the HTML code example above, you can compare two types of text styling. First, you see plain text as usual. After the HTML line break, the <code> tags enclose a part of computer code.

Note: when you want to display code in HTML blocks, it is best to apply a combination of <code> and <pre> to preserve indentation and line breaks.

Browser support

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Edge
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Firefox
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IE
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Opera
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Safari
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Mobile browser support

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Chrome
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Firefox
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Opera
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Safari
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