align (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 3.2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
Full Full Full Full Full

Syntax

align=" { left | center | right | justify } "

Description

The align attribute affects the contents of the p, aligning content to the "left", "right", or "center", or setting it to "justify" on the page.

This attribute is deprecated—the correct method for aligning a p is to use the CSS text-align property.

Figure 1 shows the effects of the align attribute.

Figure 1. Left, center, right, and justified alignment Paragraph alignments
Note: Mind the Gap

The dotted red border and the gap (margin) between each paragraph have been applied simply to demonstrate alignment more clearly.

Example

The align attribute below will center the content inside the two paragraphs (but CSS could—and should—be used to set the alignment):

<p align="center">
    Starter: Fruit Salad
</p>
<p align="center">
    Main Course: Roast Duck
</p>

Value

The accepted values are "left", "right", "center", and "justify".

If "justify" is chosen, text is adjusted so that words stick to both the left and right edges of the containing element, with the final line left-justified. Some unsightly effects can occur when you’re using "justify", as the browsers don’t have great rendering engines for this type of effect, and can cause “rivers” in blocks of text (that is, large gaps can appear to flow down through the document).

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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