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HTML dl Tag

In HTML <dl> tag, the term <dl> means a Description List. The <dl> tag is used along with <dt> tag and the <dd> tag.

The <dl> tag is used to create a list with different terms and definitions. The terms in a description list are enclosed within the the <dt> tag and the description of the term is specified using the <dd> tag.

So the <dl> tag is basically a container tag, which has content enclosed in the <dt> and <dd> tags.

Also, this is a block-level element.

HTML <dl> Tag - Syntax and Usage

The <dl> tag requires the start(opening) tag and end(closing) tag.

Following is the syntax for using the <dl> tag in your HTML code:

    <dt>some term</dt>
    <dd>its definition...</dd>

HTML <dl> Tag Basic Example

Below we have a basic example showing how we use the HTML <dl> tag

HTML <dl> Tag Attributes

This element does not have any specific attributes although this element supports Global attributes and Event attributes.

Default CSS style for HTML <dl> Tag

Most of the Browsers use these default CSS Settings:

dl {
    display: block;
    margin-top: 1em;
    margin-bottom: 1em;
    margin-left: 0;
    margin-right: 0;

Browser Support for HTML <dl> tag

Following browsers support this attribute:

  • Firefox 1+

  • Google Chrome 1+

  • Internet Explorer 2+

  • Safari 1+

  • Opera 2.1+

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