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  • Revision slug: Web/HTML/Element/plaintext
  • Revision title: <plaintext>
  • Revision id: 492815
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  • Creator: kscarfone
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  • Comment Changed {{HTML:Element-Navigation}} to {{HTMLRef}}

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Summary

The HTML Plaintext Element (<plaintext>) renders text following the start tag without interpreting the HTML. It doesn't have an end tag as everything following it is no more considered HTML

Note: Do not use this element. 
  • It is deprecated since HTML 2 and was neither implemented by all browsers, nor in a consistent way. Even more it is obsoleted in HTML 5 and may be rendered by conforming user-agents as the {{HTMLElement("pre")}} element, which will interpret the internal html !
  • If the {{HTMLElement("plaintext")}} element is the first element in the page (except for non-displayed element), do not use HTML at all. Configure your server to send your page with the text/plain MIME-type.
  • Instead use the {{HTMLElement("pre")}} element or if semantically adequate the {{HTMLElement("code")}} element, eventually escaping the HTML '<' and '>' so that they don't get interpreted.
  • A monospaced font can also be obtained on a simple {{HTMLElement("div")}} element, by applying an adequate CSS style using monospace as the generic-font value in a {{cssxref("font-family")}} property.

Attributes

This element has no other attributes than the global attributes, common to all elements.

DOM interface

This element implements the {{domxref('HTMLElement')}} interface.

Implementation note: up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the interface {{domxref('HTMLSpanElement')}} for this element.

See also

  • The {{HTMLElement("pre")}} and {{HTMLElement("code")}} elements to be used instead.
  • The {{HTMLElement("listing")}} and {{HTMLElement("xmp")}} elements, similar to {{HTMLElement("plaintext")}} but also obsolete.
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<h2 id="Summary">Summary</h2>
<p>The <em>HTML Plaintext Element</em> (<code>&lt;plaintext&gt;</code>) renders text following the start tag without interpreting the HTML. It doesn't have an end tag as everything following it is no more considered HTML</p>
<div class="note">
 <strong>Note: </strong>Do not use this element.&nbsp;
 <ul>
  <li>It is deprecated since HTML 2 and was neither implemented by all browsers, nor in a consistent way. Even more it is obsoleted in HTML 5 and may be rendered by conforming user-agents as the {{HTMLElement("pre")}} element, which will interpret the internal html !</li>
  <li>If the {{HTMLElement("plaintext")}} element is the first element in the page (except for non-displayed element), do not use HTML at all. Configure your server to send your page with the <code>text/plain</code> <a href="/en-US/docs/Properly_Configuring_Server_MIME_Types" title="Properly Configuring Server MIME Types">MIME-type</a>.</li>
  <li>Instead use the {{HTMLElement("pre")}} element or if semantically adequate the {{HTMLElement("code")}} element, eventually escaping the HTML '<code>&lt;</code>' and '<code>&gt;</code>' so that they don't get interpreted.</li>
  <li>A monospaced font can also be obtained on a simple {{HTMLElement("div")}} element, by applying an adequate <a href="/en-US/docs/Web/CSS">CSS</a> style using <code>monospace</code> as the generic-font value in a {{cssxref("font-family")}} property.</li>
 </ul>
</div>
<h2 id="Attributes">Attributes</h2>
<p>This element has no other attributes than the <a href="/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Global_attributes" rel="internal" title="HTML/global attributes">global attributes</a>, common to all elements.</p>
<h2 id="DOM_interface">DOM interface</h2>
<p>This element implements the {{domxref('HTMLElement')}} interface.</p>
<div class="note">
 <p><strong>Implementation note: </strong>up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the interface {{domxref('HTMLSpanElement')}} for this element.</p>
</div>
<h2 id="See_also">See also</h2>
<ul>
 <li>The {{HTMLElement("pre")}} and {{HTMLElement("code")}} elements to be used instead.</li>
 <li>The {{HTMLElement("listing")}} and {{HTMLElement("xmp")}} elements, similar to {{HTMLElement("plaintext")}} but also obsolete.</li>
</ul>
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