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HTML <body> Tag

The <body> tag defines a web page content (text, images, links etc.). It is placed inside the <html> element, after the <head> tag. In an HTML document, we can use only one <body> tag.


The <body> tag comes in pairs; its content is written between the opening (<body>) and the closing (</body>) tags.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <p>Content of the document</p>



Attribute Value Description
alink color Defines the color of the active link.
Not used in HTML5.
background URL Defines background image.
Not used in HTML5.
bgcolor color Defines the background color.
Not used in HTML5.
link color Defines the color of unvisited links.
Not used in HTML5.
text color Defines the color of the text in a document.
Not used in HTML5.
vlink color Defines the color of the visited link.
Not used in HTML5.

The <body> tag supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <body> tag

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <body> tag:?

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick. CSS text-transform Property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style

Coloring text in <body> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <body> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signaled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <body> tag

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