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The HTML <dd> element (HTML Description Element) indicates the description of a term in a description list (<dl>) element. This element can occur only as a child element of a description list and it must follow a <dt> element.

Content categories None
Permitted content Flow content.
Tag omission Must have a start tag. The end tag may be omitted if this element is immediately followed by another <dd> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parent elements After a <dt> or a <dd> element, inside a <dl>.
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element includes the global attributes.

If the value of this attribute is set to yes, the definition text will not wrap. The default value is no.


For an example, see <dl> examples.


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) [1] (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) [1] (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

[1] Up to Gecko 1.9.2 (Firefox 4) inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

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