compact (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
Yes HTML 2
Browser support (more…)
IE8 FF2 SA4 OP10 CH2
None None None None None

Syntax

compact="compact"

Description

The compact attribute’s purpose is to instruct the browser to render the unordered list into a smaller text block by reducing the spacing between lines and/or reducing the default indentation.

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.

Example

Here’s compact applied to the navigation block we saw earlier:

<ul compact="compact">
  <li><a href="/">Home</a></li>
  <li><a href="/about/">About Us</a></li>
  <li><a href="/portfolio/">Portfolio</a></li>
  <li><a href="/clients/">Clients</a></li>
  <li><a href="/contact/">Contact Us</a></li>
</ul>

Value

The only acceptable value for this attribute is "compact".

Compatibility

Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera Chrome
5.5 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 1.3 2.0 3.1 4.0 9.2 9.5 10.0 2.0
None None None None None None None None None None None None None None None

This attribute has very poor support (that is, not a single browser responded to the compact attribute), but given that it’s a deprecated attribute and the desired effects can be achieved using CSS, this shouldn’t cause any problems.

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