HTML <dir> Tag

The <dir> tag is used to define a list of directory titles. The items inside the list are defined using the <li> tag (as with HTML lists that are defined using <ol> and <ul> tags). The list of directory titles are marked with bullets by default.

Syntax

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

The <dir> is a deprecated HTML tag and not supported in HTML5. Use the <ul> tag and CSS list-style property instead (see examples below).

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <dir>
      <li>HTML Tutorial</li>
      <li> CSS Tutorial</li>
      <li>PHP Tutorial</li>
    </dir>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <head>
      <style>
        ul { 
          list-style:disc; 
        }
      </style>
    </head>
    <ul>
      <li>HTML Tutorial</li>
      <li> CSS Tutorial</li>
      <li>PHP Tutorial</li>
    </ul>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
compact compact Specifies that the list should render smaller than normal.
Not supported in HTML5.

The <dir> tag also supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <dir> tag

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


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