tr (HTML element)

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

<tr>
</tr>

Description

The tr element is used to create a new row of data in a table. This element may appear as a child element of the table element or, if it has been defined, as a child of a thead, tfoot, or tbody elements.

The table row contains one or more th or td elements, but each row should contain the same number of cells (regardless of whether they’re th or td elements), unless cells are set to span multiple columns using the colspan attribute (see the section about colspan in the th reference for more information). If one row has more table cells inside it than do the others (for example, if you accidentally create a header area with 11 th elements, but subsequent rows have only ten td elements), the web browser will have to fill in the gaps with empty cells. This can have a disastrous effect on the data, so be sure to keep count of your cells!

It’s possible to omit the closing </tr> tag in HTML 4.01, but I’d advise you to include it, firstly to ensure XHTML compatibility (XHTML requires the closing tag), but also because it can make reading and thus maintaining the markup easier when you revisit it at a later date.

Example

The three rows in this simple table are created with the opening and closing tr tags:

<table summary="Interest Rates">
  <caption>Interest Rates</caption>
  <thead>
    <tr>
      <th>Account Type</th>
      <th>Interest Rate</th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tbody>
    <tr>
      <td>Smart</td>
      <td>From 2%</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>Young Saver</td>
      <td>From 1.6%</td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

Use This For …

This element is used to start a new row of data.

Compatibility

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

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