Summary

The HTML Preformatted Text (<pre>) represents preformatted text. Text within this element is typically displayed in a non-proportional font exactly as it is laid out in the file. Whitespaces inside this element are displayed as typed.

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

cols
Contains the preferred count of characters that a line should have. It was a non-standard synonym of width. To achieve such an effect, use CSS styling instead.
width
Contains the preferred count of characters that a line should have. Though technically still implemented, this attribute has no visual effect; to achieve such an effect, use CSS styling instead.
wrap
Is a hint indicating how the overflow must happen. In modern browser this hint is ignored and no visual effect results in its present; to achieve such an effect, use CSS styling instead.

Examples

<!-- Some example CSS code -->
<pre>
body {
  color:red;
}
</pre> 

Result

body {
  color:red;
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<pre>' in that specification.
Living Standard No significant change from WHATWG HTML Living Standard
HTML5
The definition of '<pre>' in that specification.
Recommendation No significant change from HTML 4.01 Specification
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<dl>' in that specification.
Recommendation Deprecated the cols attribute

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
width (Yes)
No layout effect
1.0 (1.7 or earlier)
Layout effect removed in 29.0 (29.0)
(Yes)
No layout effect
(Yes)
No layout effect
(Yes)
No layout effect
cols Not supported 1.0 (1.7 or earlier)
Removed in 29.0 (29.0)
Not supported Not supported Not supported
wrap ? 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) ? ? ?
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
width ? 1.0 (1.0)
Layout effect removed in 29.0 (29.0)
? ? ?
cols Not supported 1.0 (1.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported
wrap ? 1.0 (1.0) ? ? ?

See also

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