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    <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

    Specification Status Comments
    HTML5
    The definition of '<small>' in that specification.
    Recommendation  
    HTML 4.01 Specification
    The definition of '<small>' in that 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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    Last updated by: c1phr,