HTML <tt> Tag

The <tt> tag creates an inline text which is displayed in monospace or fixed-width font as it would appear on a teletype or typewriter.

The terms monotype, monospace, and non-proportional have the same meaning. They are used interchangeably and describe a typeface the characters of which are the same number of pixels wide.

The <tt> is a deprecated HTML tag in HTML5.

Instead of the <tt> tag use CSS font-family property or appropriate HTML elements: the <kbd> tag for keyboard input, the <var> tag for variables, the <code> tag for computer code, and the <samp> tag for computer output, the <pre> tag for line breaks and indentation.

Syntax

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

Example of the HTML <tt> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>This is an ordinary text.</p>
    <p><tt>And this is a teletype text.</tt></p>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Example of the CSS font-family used instead of the HTML <tt> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>This is an ordinary text.</p>
    <p style="font-family: monospace">And this is a teletype text.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Attributes

The <tt> tag supports the Global Attributes.

How to style <tt> tag?

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


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