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HTML <head> Tag

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The <head> tag defines the head portion of the document that contains information about the document. The <head> element acts as a container for all other head elements such as <title>, <meta>, <link>, <style> etc.

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

Parent: <html>
Content: <title> (required), <link>, <meta>, <style>, <script>, <base>, <object>
Start/End Tag: Start tag: optional, End tag: optional
Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, 5

Tip: In an HTML document, the <head> element should be the very first element that appears after the opening <html> tag.


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

    <title><!--Document title--></title>

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

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title><!--Document title--></title>
    <!--Document body-->

Tag-Specific Attributes

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

Attribute Value Description
profile URL Obsolete Specifies the location of one or more meta data profiles, separated by white space.

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <head> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <head> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.

Browser Compatibility

The <head> 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 Head.

Related tags: <html>, <body>.

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