big (HTML element)

Spec
Depr. Empty Version
No No HTML 2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
Full Full Full Full Full

Syntax

<big>
</big>

Description

The big element is a text formatting control that increases the enclosed text by one size increment, based on the old HTML font sizes 1 through 7. Each nested big element will further increase the size by one increment.

This element isn’t deprecated, but it’s used less and less frequently, as there are now better methods for controlling text size (through CSS), and the big element provides no semantic value for any enclosed text— it simply states that the text needs to be bigger.

The example shown in the HTML above would render in the browser as depicted in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Displaying content marked up using the big element Example of small element

Example

Here’s an example of the big element in use. The tags are nested to show the incremental increase of the text’s size:

<p>It's <big>bigger, <big>better, and now with <big>20% more
     beetroot goodness!</big></big></big></p>

Use This For …

big is used to affect text content of any kind.

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.5 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full Full

As one of the earliest formatting elements, big has full browser support.

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