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HTML <param> Tag


Example

Set the "autoplay" parameter to "true", so the sound will start playing as soon as the page loads:

<object data="horse.wav">
  <param name="autoplay" value="true">
</object>

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Definition and Usage

The <param> tag is used to define parameters for plugins embedded with an <object> element.

Tip: HTML 5 also includes two new elements for playing audio or video: The <audio> and <video> tags.


Browser Support

The <param> tag is supported in all major browsers. However, the file format defined in <object> may not be supported in all browsers.

Element
<param> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The "type" and "valuetype" attributes are not supported in HTML5.


Differences Between HTML and XHTML

In HTML the <param> tag has no end tag.

In XHTML the <param> tag must be properly closed, like this <param />.


Attributes

Attribute Value Description
name name Specifies the name of a parameter
type media_type Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the media type of the parameter
value value Specifies the value of the parameter
valuetype data
ref
object
Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the type of the value


Global Attributes

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


Event Attributes

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


Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Parameter Object


Default CSS Settings

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

param {
    display: none;
}



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