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HTML <pre> Tag


Example

Preformatted text:

<pre>
Text in a pre element
is displayed in a fixed-width
font, and it preserves
both      spaces and
line breaks
</pre>
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Definition and Usage

The <pre> tag defines preformatted text.

Text in a <pre> element is displayed in a fixed-width font (usually Courier), and it preserves both spaces and line breaks.


Browser Support

Element
<pre> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The "width" attribute is not supported in HTML5.


Attributes

Attribute Value Description
width number Not supported in HTML5.
Specifies the maximum number of characters per line


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <pre> element with the following default values:

Example

pre {
    display: block;
    font-family: monospace;
    white-space: pre;
    margin: 1em 0;
}
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