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The basefont element is deprecated.

Example

Specify a default font-color and font-size for text on page:
<head>
<basefont color="red" size="5" />
</head>

<body>
<h1>This is a header</h1>
<p>This is a paragraph</p>
</body>

Definition and Usage

The <basefont> tag specifies a default font-color, font-size, or font-family for all the text in a document.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The <basefont> tag is only supported by Internet Explorer, and should be avoided!

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

NONE

Optional Attributes

DTD indicates in which HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0 DTD the attribute is allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.

Attribute Value Description DTD
color rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the default color for text in a document
TF
face font_family Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the default font for text in a document
TF
size number Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the default size of text in a document
TF


Standard Attributes

The <basefont> tag supports the following standard attributes:
Attribute Value Description DTD
class classname Specifies a classname for an element TF
dir rtl
ltr
Specifies the text direction for the content in an element TF
id id Specifies a unique id for an element TF
lang language_code Specifies a language code for the content in an element TF
style style_definition Specifies an inline style for an element TF
title text Specifies extra information about an element TF


Event Attributes

The <basefont> tag does not support any event attributes.
 

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