HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) elements are usually "inline" elements or "block-level" elements. An inline element occupies only the space bounded by the tags that define the inline element. The following example demonstrates the inline element's influence:

Inline example


<p>This <span>span</span> is an inline element; its background has been colored to display both the beginning and end of the inline element's influence</p>


span { background-color: #8ABB55; }

Inline vs. block-level

Content model
Generally, inline elements may contain only data and other inline elements.
By default, inline elements do not begin with new line.


The following elements are "inline":

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

 Last updated by: jswisher,