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HTML span Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Sep 11, 2019

HTML span: Main Tips

  • HTML span element is an inline container. You can use it to associate inline elements (i.e., for styling).
  • The span tags do not produce any visual changes themselves. You can manipulate the style either with JavaScript or CSS.
  • HTML span tag doesn't have any specific attributes, but supports global ones.
  • You must use both opening and closing tags.

Using <span>

HTML <span> tags define an inline container. It can be used for styling purposes (like in the example below), or to group elements that have the same attribute values:

Example
<p>She's got <span style="color: #33FFB5;">electric</span> boots</p>
<p>A <span style="color: #96097C;">mohair</span> suit</p>
<p>You know I read it in a <span style="color: #F07501;">magazine</span></p>

Note: HTML span element is similar to <div>. However, it is an inline element, while <div> is of a block-level.

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