Obsolete
This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The HTML Command element (<command>) represents a command which the user can invoke. Commands are often used as part of a context menu or toolbar. However, they can be used anywhere on the page.

The <command> element is included in the W3C specification, but not in the WHATWG specification, and browser support is nonexistent. You should use the <menuitem> element instead, although that element is non-standard and only supported in Edge and Firefox.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, metadata content.
Permitted content None, it is an empty element.
Tag omission The start tag is mandatory, but, as it is a void element, the use an end tag is forbidden.
Permitted parent elements <colgroup> only, though it can be implicitly defined as its start tag is not mandatory. The <colgroup> must not have a <span> as child.
DOM interface HTMLCommandElement

Attributes

This element includes the global attributes.

checked
Indicates whether the command is selected. Must be omitted unless the type attribute is checkbox or radio.
disabled
Iindicates that the command is not available.
icon
Gives a picture which represents the command.
label
The name of the command as shown to the user.
radiogroup
This attribute gives the name of the group of commands, with a type of radio, that will be toggled when the command itself is toggled. This attribute must be omitted unless the type attribute is radio.
type
This attribute indicates the kind of command. This can be one of three values.
  • command or empty which is the default state and indicates that this is a normal command.

  • checkbox indicates that the command can be toggled using a checkbox.

  • radio indicates that the command can be toggled using a radio button.

Examples

<command type="command" label="Save"
    icon="icons/save.png" onclick="save()">

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<command>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support No No No1 No No No
checked No No No No No No
disabled No No No No No No
icon No No No No No No
label No No No No No No
radiogroup No No No No No No
type No No No No No No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support No No No No1 No No No
checked No No No No No No No
disabled No No No No No No No
icon No No No No No No No
label No No No No No No No
radiogroup No No No No No No No
type No No No No No No No

1. Before Firefox 24, although not implemented, an object of class HTMLCommandElement was created, instead of the compliant HTMLUnknownElement.

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