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HTML Styling

Every HTML element has a default style (background color is white, text color is black, text-size is 12px ...)

Changing the default style of an HTML element, can be done with the style attribute.

This example changes the default background color from white to lightgrey:

Example

<body style="background-color:lightgrey">

<h1>This is a heading</h1>

<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

</body>

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Note The bgcolor attribute, supported in older versions of HTML, is not valid in HTML5.


The HTML Style Attribute

The HTML style attribute has the following syntax:

style="property:value"

The property is a CSS property. The value is a CSS value.

Note You will learn more about CSS later in this tutorial.


HTML Text Color

The color property defines the text color to be used for an HTML element:

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<body>
  <h1 style="color:blue">This is a heading</h1>
  <p style="color:red">This is a paragraph.</p>
</body>

</html>

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HTML Text Fonts

The font-family property defines the font to be used for an HTML element:

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<body>
  <h1 style="font-family:verdana">This is a heading</h1>
  <p style="font-family:courier">This is a paragraph.</p>
</body>

</html>

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Note The <font> tag, supported in older versions of HTML, is not valid in HTML5.


HTML Text Size

The font-size property defines the text size to be used for an HTML element:

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<body>
  <h1 style="font-size:300%">This is a heading</h1>
  <p style="font-size:160%">This is a paragraph.</p>
</body>

</html>

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HTML Text Alignment

The text-align property defines the horizontal text alignment for an HTML element:

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<body>
  <h1 style="text-align:center">Centered Heading</h1>
  <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
</body>

</html>

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Note The <center> tag, supported in older versions of HTML, is not valid in HTML5.


Chapter Summary

  • Use the style attribute for styling HTML elements
  • Use background-color for background color
  • Use color for text colors
  • Use font-family for text fonts
  • Use font-size for text sizes
  • Use text-align for text alignment

Test Yourself Exercises

Exercise 1 »    Exercise 2 »    Exercise 3 »    Exercise 4 »   



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