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HTML <basefont> Tag


Not Supported in HTML5.

The <basefont> tag was used in HTML 4 to specify a default text-color, font-size or font-family for all the text in an HTML document.


What to Use Instead?

Example

Specify a default text-color for a page (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
body {
  color: red;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>This is a heading</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

</body>
</html>
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Example

Specify a default font-family for a page (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
body {
  font-family: courier, serif;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>This is a heading</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

</body>
</html>
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Example

Specify a default font-size for a page (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
body {
  font-size: 50px;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>This is a heading</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

</body>
</html>
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Tip: In our CSS tutorial you can find more information about CSS text color and CSS fonts.