align (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

align=" { bottom | left | middle | right | top } "

Description

The align attribute is used to specify how the object 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 object to the right or left, with text wrapping around the object accordingly (although generally, whitespace isn’t included, which tends to result in quite an ugly result). You can also change the way that adjacent text aligns with the object so that the first line of the text aligns with the top, middle, or bottom of the object.

The example markup shown would render as illustrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1. A right-aligned object containing a Flash video Right-aligned object (containing a Flash video)

Aside from aligning "left" or "right", the align attribute isn’t very flexible when it’s applied to an object.

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

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

Example

The align attribute for this object is set to "right":

<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"
    codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/
➥swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" align="right" width="320"
    height="285" title="Flash tester">
  <param name="movie" value="flash-test.swf"/>
  <param name="quality" value="high"/>
</object>

Value

Possible values for this attribute include "bottom", "left", "middle", "right", and "top".

Compatibility

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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.

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