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HTML style Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Sep 11, 2019

HTML style Tag: Main Tips

  • Used within <head> or <body>, HTML style tags define internal styling for elements.
  • This styling information contains CSS.
  • It might apply to the whole document or a part of it.
  • HTML inline styles override externally included CSS, but can be overridden by the style attribute.

Defining HTML Inline Style

HTML style tags define CSS styling information that applies to its content:

Example
<head>
<style>

/* This is internal styling */
h1 {
    color: indianred;
}

p {
    color: red;
}

</style>
</head>

You can place HTML style tags in <head> or <body> elements. We'd recommend choosing the first option, as that allows you to keep the content and styling information separate.

Note: you can also use <link> elements to apply styles kept in external stylesheets.

Common style Tag Attributes

There are two attributes you may use with HTML style tags. There is also one that is deprecated and should not be used when modifying style in HTML. However, you should get to know them all.

media is an optional attribute that defines which media should the styling properties affect. Its default value is all:

Example
<style media="screen">

type is an optional attribute describing the styling language as a MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) type. Its default value is text/css:

Example
<style type="text/css">

scoped was a boolean attribute, which set the scope for HTML inline style properties:

Example
<!-- a deprecated attribute -->
<style scoped>

Warning: the scoped attribute has been deprecated in HTML5 and should not be used for style in HTML.

Browser Support

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Chrome
1+
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Edge
All
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Firefox
1+
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IE
3+
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Opera
3.5+
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Safari
1+

Mobile Browser Support

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Chrome
18+
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Firefox
4+
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Opera
10.1+
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Safari
1+