This feature is obsolete. Although it is still supported by browsers, its usage is discouraged in new projects. Try to avoid using it.
The HTML Font Element (<font>) defines the font size, color and face for its content.
Do not use this element! Though once normalized in HTML 3.2, it was deprecated in HTML 4.01, at the same time as all elements related to styling only, then obsoleted in HTML5.
Starting with HTML 4, HTML does not convey styling information anymore (outside the
<style> element or the style attribute of each element). For any new web development, styling should be written using CSS only.
The former behavior of the
<font> element can be achieved, and even better controlled using the
@font-face CSS properties.
Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes.
- This attribute sets the text color using either a named color or a color specified in the hexadecimal #RRGGBB format.
- This attribute contains a comma-sperated list of one or more font names. The document text in the default style is rendered in the first font face that the client's browser supports. If no font listed is installed on the local system, the browser typically defaults to the proportional or fixed-width font for that system.
This attribute specifies the font size as either a numeric or relative value. Numeric values range from 1 to 7 with 1 being the smallest and 3 the default. It can be defined using a relative value, like +2 or -3, which set it relative to the value of the
sizeattribute of the
<basefont>element, or relative to 3, the default value, if none does exist.
This element implements the
Prior to Gecko 15.0 (Firefox 15.0 / Thunderbird 15.0 / SeaMonkey 2.12), Gecko did not handle out-of-bounds values for the
size attribute correctly; it would not accept any out-of-bounds values for relative sizes. Now it correctly truncates these into the range -10 to +10.
Gecko 15.0 also removes support for
point-size attributes on the
<font> element; these were non-standard and Gecko was the only engine supporting them.