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The <small> Element

Inline Text Semantics

Use the <small> element for side comments like small print, which typically features disclaimers, caveats, legal restrictions, or copyrights. If you only want the presentational effect of smaller text, then use CSS instead.

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


  • Do not use the small element as a presentational element. Use style sheets to control layout and presentation. Use HTML elements only for content and structure and not for layout and presentation. For example, use the em and strong elements only for structural emphasis.
  • Small print is also sometimes used for attribution, or for satisfying licensing requirements.

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