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HTML param Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 2, 2019

HTML param: Main Tips

  • The param tags can be used to define HTML parameters for the <object> element setting embedded data.
  • These tags support all global attributes. There are four tag specific attributes, but two of them have been deprecated in HTML5.
  • You don't need to use a closing tag when defining HTML parameters.

Defining Parameters: HTML <param>

An <object> element can represent an external resource in a webpage, such as an application or an image. To set its HTML parameters, you can use <param> tags:

Example
<object data="cactus.mp3">
  <param name="autoplay" value="true">
</object>

HTML param Attributes

Two attributes you can use for HTML parameters are name and value. They specify the name and the value of a parameter, respectively:

Example
<object data="cactus.mp3">
  <param name="autoplay" value="true">
</object>

There are also two attributes that should not be used as they were deprecated in HTML5: valuetype and type.

valuetype defined the type of the value (data, ref, or object). When the value of valuetype was set to ref, you could also use type to define the media type of the parameter:

Example
<object title="Param Tag Example">
  <param valuetype="ref" value="param-tag-audio.mp3" type="audio/mpeg">
</object>

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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