The HTML <dd> element (or HTML Description Element) indicates the description of a term in a description list (<dl>).

Usage note: This element must be a child of a description list (<dl>) element and must follow (directly or indirectly) a description term (<dt>) element.

Content categories None.
Permitted content Flow content.
Tag omission The start tag is required. The end tag may be omitted if the <dd> element is immediately followed by another <dd> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parent elements <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML) a <div> that is inside a <dl>.
Previous sibling <dt> or another <dd> element.
DOM interface HTMLElement

Attributes

This element includes the global attributes.

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

Example

For an example, see <dl> examples.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<dd>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

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.

See also

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