<small>

Summary

The HTML Small Element (<small>) makes the text font size one size smaller (for example, from large to medium, or from small to x-small) down to the browser's minimum font size.  In HTML5, this element is repurposed to represent side-comments and small print, including copyright and legal text, independent of its styled presentation.

Usage context

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content
Permitted content Phrasing content
Tag omission None, must have both a start tag and an end tag.
Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts phrasing content, or any element that accepts flow content.

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

DOM Interface

This element implements the HTMLElement interface.

Implementation note: up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

Examples

Example 1

<p>This is the first sentence.  <small>This whole sentence is in small letters.</small></p>

Result

This is the first sentence. This whole sentence is in small letters.

Example 2 (CSS alternative)

<p>This is the first sentence. <span style="font-size:0.8em">This whole sentence is in small letters.</span></p>

Result

This is the first sentence. This whole sentence is in small letters.

Specifications

Spécification Statut Commentaires
HTML5 Candidate Recommendation  
HTML 4.01 Specification Recommendation  

Notes

Although the <small> element, like the <b> and <i> elements, may be perceived to violate the principle of separation between structure and presentation, all three are valid in HTML5. Authors are encouraged to use their best judgement when determining whether to use <small> or CSS.

See also

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