HTML <small> tag

By Jonathan Griffin. Editor, SEO Consultant, & Developer.

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Definition

The <small> tag specifies the content you wish to display as small print, like side comments or copyright information.

Example

<p>This is normal sized text.</p>
<p><small>© 2020 The Webmaster. All rights reserved.</small></p>

Usage

  • Both the opening and closing tags are required.
  • The <small> tag is typically used to represent disclaimers, caveats, legal restrictions, or copyrights. It may also be used for attribution, such as satisfying licensing requirements.
  • The <small> tag does not de-emphasize or lower the importance of the text marked by the <em> element.
  • The <small> tag should not be used for large amounts of text, such as multiple paragraphs, lists, or sections. It should only be used for short runs of text.
  • You should not use the <small> tag on headings, such as <h1> to <h6>.
  • The <small> tag makes the text one size smaller than it otherwise would be.

Attributes

The <small> element only supports the Global Attributes.

Best Practices

  • If you need to reduce the size of whole paragraphs or content sections, you may wish to consider using the CSS font-size property.

Specification

Browser Support

Desktop

ChromeEdgeFirefoxIEOperaSafari
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Mobile

Android WebviewChrome AndroidFirefox AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
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