HTML <body> Tag


Example

A simple HTML document, with the minimum of required tags:

<html>
<head>
<title>Title of the document</title>
</head>

<body>
The content of the document......
</body>

</html>

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Definition and Usage

The <body> tag defines the document's body.

The <body> element contains all the contents of an HTML document, such as text, hyperlinks, images, tables, lists, etc.


Browser Support

Element
<body> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

All layout attributes are removed in HTML5.


Attributes

Attribute Value Description
alink color Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the color of an active link in a document
background URL Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies a background image for a document
bgcolor color Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the background color of a document
link color Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the color of unvisited links in a document
text color Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the color of the text in a document
vlink color Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the color of visited links in a document

Global Attributes

The <body> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

The <body> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.


Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Elements

HTML DOM reference: Body Object

HTML DOM reference: document.body Property


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <body> element with the following default values:

Example

body {
    display: block;
    margin: 8px;
}

body:focus {
    outline: none;
}

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