align (HTML attribute)

Depr. Version
Yes HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP10 CH2+
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align=" { bottom | left | right | top } "


The align attribute is intended to enable finer positioning of the text in relation to the fieldset’s boxed outline. In practice, though, you won’t find much use for this attribute, as it’s deprecated and poorly supported. Aside from the default position (top, left), few of the tested browsers paid any attention to any of the other values, aside from the "right" alignment, as Figure 1 shows.

Figure 1. A right-aligned legend element A right-aligned legend element


The align attribute for this group of controls is set to "right":

    <legend accesskey="1" align="right">Friendship</legend>
    <input type="radio" name="radFriendship" value="Not_Applicable"
    <label for="radFriendNot_Applicable">Not_Applicable</label>
    <input type="radio" name="radFriendship" value="acquaintance"
    <label for="radFriendaquaintence">acquaintance</label>
    <input type="radio" name="radFriendship" value="friend"
    <label for="radFriendfriend">friend</label>


This attribute accepts as its values "bottom", "left", "right", and "top". The browser default is "left".


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This attribute is poorly supported and highly presentational. CSS should be used to control appearance instead.

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