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  • Revision slug: Web/HTML/Element/pre
  • Revision title: <pre>
  • Revision id: 465517
  • Created:
  • Creator: justleroy
  • Is current revision? No
  • Comment Fixed the HTML 5 and 4.01 links.

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Summary

The HTML <pre> Element (or HTML Preformatted Text) 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.

Examples

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

Result

body {
  color:red;
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
{{SpecName('HTML WHATWG', 'grouping-content.html#the-pre-element', '<pre>')}} {{Spec2('HTML WHATWG')}}  
{{SpecName('HTML5 W3C', 'grouping-content.html#the-pre-element', '<pre>')}} {{Spec2('HTML5 W3C')}}  
{{SpecName('HTML4.01', 'struct/text.html#h-9.3.4', '<dl>')}} {{Spec2('HTML4.01')}}  

Browser compatibility

{{CompatibilityTable}}

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}}
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}} {{CompatVersionUnknown}}

See also

  • CSS: {{ Cssxref('white-space') }}, {{ Cssxref('word-break') }}
{{ HTML:Element_Navigation() }}

Revision Source

<h2 id="Summary">Summary</h2>
<p>The <strong>HTML <code>&lt;pre&gt;</code> Element</strong> (or <em>HTML Preformatted Text</em>) 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.</p>
<ul class="htmlelt">
  <li><dfn><a href="/en-US/docs/HTML/Content_categories" title="HTML/Content_categories">Content categories</a></dfn> <a href="/en-US/docs/HTML/Content_categories#Flow_content" title="HTML/Content_categories#Phrasing_content">Flow content</a>, palpable content.</li>
  <li><dfn>Permitted content</dfn> <a href="/en-US/docs/HTML/Content_categories#Phrasing_content" title="/en-US/docs/HTML/Content_categories#Phrasing_content">Phrasing content</a>.</li>
  <li><dfn>Tag omission</dfn> {{no_tag_omission}}</li>
  <li><dfn>Permitted parent elements</dfn> Any element that accepts <a href="/en-US/docs/HTML/Content_categories#flow_content" title="HTML/Content categories#flow content">flow content</a>.</li>
  <li><dfn>DOM interface</dfn> {{domxref("HTMLPreElement")}}</li>
</ul>
<h2 id="Attributes">Attributes</h2>
<p><span style="line-height: 21px;">This element only includes the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/HTML/Global_attributes" style="line-height: 21px;" title="HTML/Global attributes">global attributes</a><span style="line-height: 21px;">.</span></p>
<h2 id="Examples">Examples</h2>
<pre class="brush: html">
&lt;!-- Some example CSS code --&gt;
&lt;pre&gt;
body {
&nbsp; color:red;
}
&lt;/pre&gt; 
</pre>
<h3 id="Result">Result</h3>
<pre>
body {
  color:red;
}
</pre>
<h2 id="Specifications" name="Specifications">Specifications</h2>
<table class="standard-table">
  <thead>
    <tr>
      <th scope="col">Specification</th>
      <th scope="col">Status</th>
      <th scope="col">Comment</th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td>{{SpecName('HTML WHATWG', 'grouping-content.html#the-pre-element', '&lt;pre&gt;')}}</td>
      <td>{{Spec2('HTML WHATWG')}}</td>
      <td>&nbsp;</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>{{SpecName('HTML5 W3C', 'grouping-content.html#the-pre-element', '&lt;pre&gt;')}}</td>
      <td>{{Spec2('HTML5 W3C')}}</td>
      <td>&nbsp;</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>{{SpecName('HTML4.01', 'struct/text.html#h-9.3.4', '&lt;dl&gt;')}}</td>
      <td>{{Spec2('HTML4.01')}}</td>
      <td>&nbsp;</td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>
<h2 id="Browser_compatibility" name="Browser_compatibility">Browser compatibility</h2>
<p>{{CompatibilityTable}}</p>
<div id="compat-desktop">
  <table class="compat-table">
    <tbody>
      <tr>
        <th>Feature</th>
        <th>Chrome</th>
        <th>Firefox (Gecko)</th>
        <th>Internet Explorer</th>
        <th>Opera</th>
        <th>Safari (WebKit)</th>
      </tr>
      <tr>
        <td>Basic support</td>
        <td>1.0</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
      </tr>
    </tbody>
  </table>
</div>
<div id="compat-mobile">
  <table class="compat-table">
    <tbody>
      <tr>
        <th>Feature</th>
        <th>Android</th>
        <th>Firefox Mobile (Gecko)</th>
        <th>IE Phone</th>
        <th>Opera Mobile</th>
        <th>Safari Mobile</th>
      </tr>
      <tr>
        <td>Basic support</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
        <td>{{CompatVersionUnknown}}</td>
      </tr>
    </tbody>
  </table>
</div>
<h2 id="See_also">See also</h2>
<ul>
  <li>CSS: {{ Cssxref('white-space') }}, {{ Cssxref('word-break') }}</li>
</ul>
<div>
  {{ HTML:Element_Navigation() }}</div>
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