align (HTML attribute)

Depr. Version
Yes HTML 2


{ bottom | left | middle | right | top }


The align attribute is used to specify how the applet sits on the page in relation to surrounding text and other elements. It is a fairly rudimentary attribute - and a very presentational one - that allows you to move an applet to the right or left, with text wrapping around accordingly (although with no surrounding white space, which generally results in quite an ugly result). You can also change the way that adjacent text aligns with the applet such that the first line of the text aligns with the top, middle or bottom of the applet.

If an applet is aligned "left" or "right", text will continue to wrap around it until either:

  • a br element with a clear attribute
  • any other element with CSS property clear set to "left", "right" or "both"


The align for this applet is set to "right":

<applet code="ticker.class"align="right">


"bottom", "left", "middle", "right" and "top" only (browser default is "left").


This attribute is now deprecated, and is highly presentational in its nature. The desired visual effects can all be achieved with CSS and, as such, this attribute shouldn’t be used—it’s presented here for informational purposes only.

The align attribute is not very flexible when applied to an applet, with most browsers only honoring the "left" or "right" values.

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