bgcolor (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
Full Full Full Full Full

Syntax

bgcolor="color"

Description

By default, in the current set of web browsers, a page will have a white background and black text. The bgcolor attribute of the body element provides a mechanism for changing the default background color, although it should be noted that this attribute is now deprecated and the best method would be to set the background color using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

Example

This markup sets the bgcolor for this document to "yellow":

<body bgcolor="yellow">
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</body>

Value

This attribute takes as its value a recognized color name (for example, "blue" or "red"), or a value specified in hexadecimal notation (such as "#003366"). Note that it’s not possible to use shorthand hexadecimal values in HTML as you can in CSS—for example, you can’t express "#cceeff" as "#cef".

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
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Every browser listed supports this attribute.

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