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HTML title attribute

title

1. HTML title attribute specifies the advisory information about an HTML element.

2. When used, text written as a value of title attribute is shown as a tooltip, in most but not in all, browsers.

Syntax

<ElementName title="text......" >text content</ElementName> 

Where ElementName is any supported HTML element.

Type of values

Type of value of title attribute is text.

Value

The value of title attribute is as supplied by the author of the web document.

Default Value

There is no default value of title attribute.

Example of using title attribute

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>html title attribute example - HTML tutorial - w3resource </title>
</head>
<body>
<p>We are leaning HTML at <abbr title="w3resource">w3r</abbr>.</p>
</body>
</html>

Result

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Example of title attribute

Pictorial of how it looks in Firefox 3.5.15

Pictorial of how it looks in Internet Explorer 8

html title internet explorer

Pictorial of how it looks in Opera 10.63

html title opera

Pictorial of how it looks in Safari 5.0.1

html title safari

Pictorial of how it looks in Google Chrome 7.0.517.44

html title chrome

Pictorial of how it looks in Internet Explorer 6

html title ie 6

Special usage of title attribute with link element

If used with link element, the value of the title attribute specifies about the link. This is useful to help search engines to index a web page.

For example, in the following code, the value of the title attribute (of the link element, placed in the head of the document) can be useful for search engines to find the home page.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title>title attribute</title>
<link rel="index" title="Home Page of our Website" href="https://www.w3resource.com"> 
</head>
<body>
<p>We are discussing about the title attribute of HTML.</p>
</body>
</html>

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