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<dfn> (Defining Instance of a Term)


This element encloses the defining instance of a term. It usually is rendered as bold or bold italic text.

Standard Syntax


<dfn
class="class name(s)"
dir="ltr | rtl"
id="unique alphanumeric identifier"
lang="language code"
style="style information"
title="advisory text"
</dfn>

Attributes Defined by Internet Explorer


accesskey="key" (5.5)
contenteditable="false | true | inherit" (5.5)
disabled="false | true" (5.5)
hidefocus="true | false" (5.5)
language="javascript | jscript | vbs | vbscript" (4)
tabindex="number" (5.5)
unselectable="on | off" (5.5)

Standard Events


onclick, ondblclick, onmousedown, onmouseup, onmouseover, onmousemove, onmouseout, onkeypress, onkeydown, onkeyup

Events Defined by Internet Explorer


onactivate, onbeforeactivate, onbeforecopy, onbeforecut, onbeforedeactivate, onbeforeeditfocus, onbeforepaste, onblur, oncontextmenu, oncontrolselect, oncopy, oncut, ondeactivate, ondrag, ondragend, ondragenter, ondragleave, ondragover, ondragstart, ondrop, onfocus, onfocusin, onfocusout, onhelp, onlosecapture, onmouseenter, onmouseleave, onmousewheel, onmove, onmoveend, onmovestart, onpaste, onpropertychange, onreadystatechange, onresize, onresizeend, onresizestart, onselectstart

Example


An <dfn>elephant</dfn> is too large to make a viable pet for anyone poorer than Bill Gates.

Compatibility


HTML 2, 3.2, 4, and 4.01, XHTML 1.1, Basic
Internet Explorer 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6
Netscape 6, 7
Opera 4-7

Notes


HTML 2 and 3.2 defined no attributes for this element.

(X)HTML Elements
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