dd (HTML element)

Spec
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Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

<dd>
</dd>

Description

The dd is the second part of the dt : dd pairing that constitutes an item in a definition list (dl). While the dt contains the term to be defined, the dd section of the pairing contains the definition description content.

You can use multiple dt and multiple dd elements to describe the dt elements. The dd element also differs from the dt in that it can contain Block-level Elements such as example headings and paragraphs.

Example

This example shows the use of two dd elements to describe the term “spam:”

<dl>
  <dt>Spam</dt>
  <dd>unsolicited email sent in the hope of increasing sales
        of some product</dd>
  <dd>a brand name for tinned meat comprising pork and ham</dd>
</dl>

Use This For …

The dd element is applied to descriptive text that clearly explains the meaning of the content contained within the preceding dt element. This content can be formatted further using headings (h1, h2, etc.), paragraphs (p) and blockquotes, as well as Inline and Phrase Elements.

Compatibility

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