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HTML <xmp> Tag

The <xmp> renders text between the start and end tags without interpreting the HTML in between and using a monospaced font.

The <xmp> tag is obsolete and is not supported in HTML5. Use the <pre> element instead. Note, that you will need to use '&lt;' instead of the '< >' characters to make sure it is not interpreted as markup.

Syntax

The <xmp> tag comes in pairs. The content should be written between opening (<xmp>) and closing (</xmp>) tags.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>The title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <xmp> This is a preformatted text.
      All characters in this area have the same width,
      and spaces and line breaks within this element is shown as typed.
    </xmp>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Attributes

The <xmp> tag also supports the Global Attributes.

How to style <xmp> tag

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


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