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HTML dir Attribute

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Example

A paragraph with a right-to-left direction:

<p dir="rtl">Write this text right-to-left!</p>

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Browser Support

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The dir attribute is supported in all major browsers.


Definition and Usage

The dir attribute specifies the text direction of the element's content.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML5, the dir attribute can be used on any HTML element (it will validate on any HTML element. However, it is not necessarily useful).

In HTML 4.01, the dir attribute cannot be used with: <base>, <br>, <frame>, <frameset>, <hr>, <iframe>, <param>, and <script>.


Syntax

<element dir="ltr|rtl|auto">

Attribute Values

Value Description
ltr Default. Left-to-right text direction
rtl Right-to-left text direction
auto Let the browser figure out the text direction, based on the content (only recommended if the text direction is unknown)


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