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Example

A simple HTML document, with the minimum of required tags:
<html>
<head>
<title>Title of the document</title>
</head>

<body>
The content of the document......
</body>

</html>

Definition and Usage

The body element defines the document's body.

The body element contains all the contents of an HTML document, such as text, hyperlinks, images, tables, lists, etc.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The <body> tag is supported in all major browsers.

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
alink rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the color of an active link in a document
TF
background URL Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies a background image for a document
TF
bgcolor rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the background color of a document
TF
link rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the default color of unvisited links in a document
TF
text rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the color of the text in a document
TF
vlink rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the color of the visited links in a document
TF


Standard Attributes

The <body> tag supports the following standard attributes:

Attribute Value Description DTD
class classname Specifies a classname for an element STF
dir rtl
ltr
Specifies the text direction for the content in an element STF
id id Specifies a unique id for an element STF
lang language_code Specifies a language code for the content in an element STF
style style_definition Specifies an inline style for an element STF
title text Specifies extra information about an element STF
xml:lang language_code Specifies a language code for the content in an element, in XHTML documents STF


Event Attributes

The <body> tag supports the following event attributes:

Attribute Value Description DTD
onclick script Script to be run on a mouse click STF
ondblclick script Script to be run on a mouse double-click STF
onload script Script to be run when a document load  
onmousedown script Script to be run when mouse button is pressed STF
onmousemove script Script to be run when mouse pointer moves STF
onmouseout script Script to be run when mouse pointer moves out of an element STF
onmouseover script Script to be run when mouse pointer moves over an element STF
onmouseup script Script to be run when mouse button is released STF
onkeydown script Script to be run when a key is pressed STF
onkeypress script Script to be run when a key is pressed and released STF
onkeyup script Script to be run when a key is released STF
onunload script Script to be run when a document unload  
 

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