HTML Cheat Sheet
Forget what some of the tags in HTML do? No worries: Here's a quick reference guide to help you. Print it out and tape it to your computer or your friend's head.

Basic Tags
Creates an HTML document
Sets off the title and other information that isn't displayed on the Web page itself
Sets off the visible portion of the document
Header Tags
Puts the name of the document in the title bar
Body Attributes
<body bgcolor=?>
Sets the background color, using name or hex value
<body text=?>
Sets the text color, using name or hex value
<body link=?>
Sets the color of links, using name or hex value
<body vlink=?>
Sets the color of followed links, using name or hex value
<body alink=?>
Sets the color of links on click
Text Tags
Creates preformatted text
Creates the largest headline
Creates the smallest headline
Creates bold text
Creates italic text
Creates teletype, or typewriter-style text
Creates a citation, usually italic
Emphasizes a word (with italic or bold)
Emphasizes a word (with italic or bold)
<font size=?></font>
Sets size of font, from 1 to 7
<font color=?></font>
Sets font color, using name or hex value
<a href="URL"></a>
Creates a hyperlink
<a href="mailto:EMAIL"></a>
Creates a mailto link
<a name="NAME"></a>
Creates a target location within a document
<a href="#NAME"></a>
Links to that target location from elsewhere in the document
Creates a new paragraph
<p align=?>
Aligns a paragraph to the left, right, or center
Inserts a line break
Indents text from both sides
Creates a definition list
Precedes each definition term
Precedes each definition
Creates a numbered list
Precedes each list item and adds a number
Creates a bulleted list
Precedes each list item and adds the bullet
<div align=?>
A generic tag used to format large blocks of HTML; also used for stylesheets
Graphical Elements
<img src="name">
Adds an image
<img src="name" align=?>
Aligns an image: left, right, center, bottom, top, middle
<img src="name" border=?>
Sets size of border around an image
Inserts a horizontal rule
<hr size=?>
Sets size (height) of rule
<hr width=?>
Sets width of rule in percentage or absolute value
<hr noshade>
Creates a rule without a shadow
Creates a table
Sets off each row in a table
Sets off each cell in a row
Sets off the table header (a normal cell with bold, centered text)
Table Attributes
<table border=#>
Sets width of border around table cells
<table cellspacing=#>
Sets amount of space between table cells
<table cellpadding=#>
Sets amount of space between a cell's border and its contents
<table width=# or %>
Sets width of table in pixels or as a percentage of document width
<tr align=?> or <td align=?>
Sets alignment for cell(s) (left, center, or right)
<tr valign=?> or <td valign=?>
Sets vertical alignment for cell(s) (top, middle, or bottom)
<td colspan=#>
Sets number of columns a cell should span (default=1)
<td rowspan=#>
Sets number of rows a cell should span (default=1)
<td nowrap>
Prevents the lines within a cell from being broken to fit
Precedes the <body> tag in a frames document; can also be nested in other framesets
<frameset rows="value,value">
Defines the rows within a frameset, using number in pixels or percentage of width
<frameset cols="value,value">
Defines the columns within a frameset, using number in pixels or percentage of width
Defines a single frame within a frameset
Defines what will appear on browsers that don't support frames
Frames Attributes
<frame src="URL">
Specifies which HTML document should be displayed
<frame name="name">
Names the frame so it may be targeted by other frames
<frame marginwidth=#>
Defines the left and right margins for the frame; must be equal to or greater than 1
<frame marginheight=#>
Defines the top and bottom margins for the frame; must be equal to or greater than 1
<frame scrolling=VALUE>
Sets whether the frame has a scroll bar; value may equal "yes," "no," or "auto." (The default, as in ordinary documents, is auto.)
<frame noresize>
Prevents the user from resizing a frame
For functional forms, you'll have to run a CGI script. The HTML just creates the appearance of a form.
Creates all forms
<select multiple name="NAME" size=?></select>
Creates a scrolling menu. Size sets the number of menu items visible before you need to scroll.
Sets off each menu item
<select name="NAME"></select>
Creates a pulldown menu
Sets off each menu item
<textarea name="NAME" cols=40 rows=8></textarea>
Creates a text box area - columns set the width; rows set the height.
<input type="checkbox" name="NAME">
Creates a checkbox - text follows tag.
<input type="radio" name="NAME" value="x">
Creates a radio button - text follows tag
<input type=text name="foo" size=20>
Creates a one-line text area - size sets length in characters.
<input type="submit" value="NAME">
Creates a Submit button
<input type="image" border=0 name="NAME" src="name.gif">
Creates a Submit button using an image
<input type="reset">
Creates a Reset button

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