align (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 4
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

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

Description

The usual alignment that browsers apply to content inside td elements is "left", but you can override that using the align attribute. You’re better off to use CSS to set the text alignment (you could also apply the align attribute to the parent tr element, rather than repeating it for each cell in the row, but CSS is still the best option).

Example

Here, the browser default alignment of "left" in the td is overridden to align the content "right":

<tr>
  <td align="right">Fred</td>
  <td align="right">fred@megacorp.com</td>
  <td align="right">123456</td>
  <td rowspan="2" align="right">1/A</td>
</tr>

Value

The recognized attribute values are as shown in the syntax section.

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 (with the exception of the "char" attribute value). Browser support shows full, as the failure for character-specific alignment is placed on the char attribute rather than the align attribute.

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