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The HTML <samp> element is an element intended to identify sample output from a computer program. It is usually displayed in the browser's default monotype font (such as Lucida Console).

Content categories Flow contentphrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts phrasing content.
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element only includes the global attributes.

DOM Interface

This element implements the HTMLElement interface.

Implementation note: up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.


<p>Regular text. <samp>This is sample text.</samp> Regular text.</p>


Regular text. This is sample text. Regular text.


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<samp>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<samp>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<samp>' in that specification.


A CSS rule can be defined for the samp selector to override the browser's default font face. Preferences set by the user might take precedence over the specified CSS.

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