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    The HTML <span> element is a generic inline container for phrasing content, which does not inherently represent anything. It can be used to group elements for styling purposes (using the class or id attributes), or because they share attribute values, such as lang. It should be used only when no other semantic element is appropriate. <span> is very much like a <div> element, but <div> is a block-level element whereas a <span> is an inline element.


    This element only includes the global attributes.

    Example 1

    <p><span>Some text</span></p>


    Some text


    Example 2

        <a href="portfolio.html" target="_blank">See my portfolio</a>


    li span {
        background: gold;



    Specification Status Comment
    WHATWG HTML Living Standard
    The definition of '<span>' in that specification.
    Living Standard  
    The definition of '<span>' in that specification.
    Candidate Recommendation The DOM interface is now HTMLSpanElement.
    HTML 4.01 Specification
    The definition of '<span>' in that specification.

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

    See also