cellspacing (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

cellspacing="number"

Description

The cellspacing attribute is used to create space around (that is, outside of) table cells. Think of table cells as bricks, and the cellspacing as the mortar in between. You can change the thickness of that mortar by altering the cellspacing value, as Figure 1 shows.

Figure 1. Two tables, with cellspacing values of five and ten pixels, respectively Two tables, with cellspacing values of 5 and 10 pixels, respectively (for comparison)

There is a CSS-based alternative to the HTML cellspacing attribute, called border-spacing, but it is not supported by Internet Explorer (even in version 8). You may use the CSS border-collapse property, setting it to "collapse", which removes the need for a cellspacing value of "0", but does not solve the problem of setting larger cell spacing values. So while it’s usually better to use the CSS approach, it may not possible for this particular attribute, depending on what you are trying to achieve with your tables, without ignoring what is currently the most commonly used browser.

The cellspacing attribute is similar to the cellpadding attribute, which is used to create space around the content inside table cells.

Example

The cellspacing for this table is set to "5" pixels:

<table border="1" cellspacing="5">
  <tr>
    <th>Account Type</th>
    <th>Interest Rate</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Smart</td>
    <td>From 2%</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Young Saver</td>
    <td>From 1.6%</td>
  </tr>
</table>

Value

This attribute takes a numerical value, which reflects a pixel measurement.

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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It causes no compatibility issues, and has excellent support across all tested browsers.

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