HTML Block and Inline Elements


Every HTML element has a default display value depending on what type of element it is. The default display value for most elements is block or inline.

Block-level Elements

A block-level element always starts on a new line and takes up the full width available (stretches out to the left and right as far as it can).

  • The < div > element is a block-level element.

Example

<div>Hello</div>
<div>World</div>
Block level elements in HTML:
< address > < article > < aside > < blockquote > < canvas > < dd >
< div > < dl > < dt > < fieldset > < figcaption > < figure >
< footer > < form > < h1 >-< h1 > < header > < hi > < li >
< main > < nav > < noscript > < ol > < p > < pre >
< section > < table > < tfoot > < ul > < video >

Inline Elements

An inline element does not start on a new line and only takes up as much width as necessary.

This isan inline<span> element inside a paragraph.

Example

<span>Hello</span>
<span>World</span>
Inline elements in HTML:
< a > < abbr > < acronym > < b > < bdo > < big >
< br > < button > < cite > < code > < dfn > < em >
< i > < img > < input > < kbd > < label > < map >
< object > < output > < q > < samp > < script > < select >
< small > < span > < strong > < sub > < sup > < textarea >
< time > < tt > < var >

The <div> Element

The <div> element is often used as a container for other HTML elements.

The <div> element has no required attributes, but style, class and id are common.

When used together with CSS, the <div> element can be used to style blocks of content:

Example

<div style="background-color:black;color:white;padding:20px;">
<h2>London</h2>
<p>London is the capital city of England. It is the most populous city in the United Kingdom, with a metropolitan area of over 13 million inhabitants.</p>
</div>    

The <span> Element

The <span> element is often used as a container for some text.

The <span> element has no required attributes, but style, class and id are common.

When used together with CSS, the <span> element can be used to style parts of the text:

Example

<h1> My <span style="color:red">Important</span> Heading</h1>

HTML Grouping Tags

TagDescription
<div> Defines a section in a document (block-level)
<span> Defines a section in a document (inline)
For a complete list of all available HTML tags, visit our HTML Tag Reference.