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HTML <samp> Tag

The <samp> tag contains sample output from a computer program or a script. In the browser, the content of the tag is by default displayed in monospace font.


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


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <p>You see an ordinary text here. <samp>But this is a sample text.</samp> And another ordinary text.</p>


In HTML, there are other elements used to define parts of a technical document: the <code> tag is used for defining the computer program output; the <kbd> tag is used for specifying a keyboard input; and the <var> tag is used for specifying variables.


The <samp> tag supports the Global attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <samp> tag

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

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