CSS HTML Validator - The fast, all-in-one, HTML, CSS, Link, SEO, spelling, and accessibility checker for Windows, & htmlval for Mac and Linux
Home Help: <b> element

The <b> Element

Inline Text Semantics

Use the <b> element to highlight text to which attention is being drawn for utilitarian purposes without conveying any extra importance (use <strong> for importance) and with no implication of an alternate voice or mood (use <i> for alternate voice or mood). Don't use <b> as a generic <bold> element or only for presentation.

Attributes for <b>
TypeAttribute List
'Standard' Attributes(none)


  • The HTML5 specification says that the <b> element should be used as a last resort when no other element is more appropriate. In particular, headings should use the <h1> to <h6> elements, stress emphasis should use the <em> element, importance should be denoted with the <strong> element, and text marked or highlighted should use the <mark> element.
  • To denote importance, use the <strong> element instead of the <b> element. Many web authors use the <b> element when the <strong> element would be more appropriate.

Recommended Links

Search Engine Links (for more information)

Help us improve this page: Suggest a link or noteReport a problem