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HTML <col> Tag


Example

Set the background color of the three columns with the <colgroup> and <col> tags:

<table>
  <colgroup>
    <col span="2" style="background-color:red">
    <col style="background-color:yellow">
  </colgroup>
  <tr>
    <th>ISBN</th>
    <th>Title</th>
    <th>Price</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>3476896</td>
    <td>My first HTML</td>
    <td>$53</td>
  </tr>
</table>

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Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The <col> tag is supported in all major browsers.


Definition and Usage

The <col> tag specifies column properties for each column within a <colgroup> element.

The <col> tag is useful for applying styles to entire columns, instead of repeating the styles for each cell, for each row.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

Most of the attributes in HTML 4.01 are not supported in HTML5.


Differences Between HTML and XHTML

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

In XHTML, the <col> tag must be properly closed.


Attributes

Attribute Value Description
align left
right
center
justify
char
Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the alignment of the content related to a <col> element
char character Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the alignment of the content related to a <col> element to a character
charoff number Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the number of characters the content will be aligned from the character specified by the char attribute
span number Specifies the number of columns a <col> element should span
valign top
middle
bottom
baseline
Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the vertical alignment of the content related to a <col> element
width %
pixels
relative_length
Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the width of a <col> element


Global Attributes

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


Event Attributes

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



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