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HTML <big> Tag Not Supported in HTML5

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The <big> tag increases the text font size by one size bigger than a document's base font size; for example, from small to medium, or from large to x-large. Each nested big element will further increase the size by one size bigger.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Inline
Content: Inline and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 3, 3.2, 4, 4.01

Warning: As it was purely presentational, this tag has been removed in HTML5 and shouldn't be used anymore. You should use CSS font properties, instead.


The basic syntax of the <big> tag is given with:

HTML / XHTML: <big> ... </big>

The example below shows the <big> tag in action.

<!--Example of bad usage. Don't use this tag-->
<p style="font-size:large;">This is a sample text.</p>

Tip: Use CSS font-size property to specify the font size for the text in a document. See the tutorial on CSS Fonts to learn more about font styling.

Tag-Specific Attributes

The <big> tag doesn't have any specific attribute.

Browser Compatibility

The <big> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 2+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 2+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Text Formatting, CSS Fonts.

Related tag: <small>.

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