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HTML <dir> Tag Not Supported in HTML5

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The <dir> (short for directory) tag specifies a directory list. It was designed to be used for creating multicolumn directory lists.

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

Placement: Block
Content: <li> elements that are constrained to contain inline content only
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01 (transitional)

Warning: Do not use this tag as it has been deprecated in HTML 4.01 and obsolete since HTML5. Use the <ul> tag instead.


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

HTML / XHTML: <dir> ... </dir>

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

<!--Example of bad usage. Don't use this tag-->

Tag-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <dir> tag.

Attribute Value Description
compact compact Obsolete This Boolean attribute specifies that the list should be rendered in a compact style.

Browser Compatibility

The <dir> 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 2.1+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Lists.

Related tags: <ul>, <ol>, <li>, <menu>.

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