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<head> (Document Head)


This element indicates the document head that contains descriptive information about the HTML document as well as other supplementary information such as style rules or scripts.

Standard Syntax


<head
dir="ltr | rtl"
id="unique alphanumeric identifier"
lang="language code"
profile="url">

</head>

Attributes Defined by Internet Explorer


class="class name(s)"

Events Defined by Internet Explorer


onlayoutcomplete, onreadystatechange

Element Specific Attributes


profile
This attribute specifies a URL for a meta-information dictionary. The specified profile should indicate the format of allowed meta-data and the potential meaning of the data.


Example


<head>
  <title>Big Company Home Page</title>

  <base href="http://www.bigcompany.com">

  <meta name="Keywords"content="BigCompany, SuperWidget">
</head>

Compatibility


HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, XHTML 1.0, 1.1, Basic
Internet Explorer 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6
Netscape 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.5-4.8, 6, 7
Opera 4-7

Notes


The <head> element must contain a <title> element. It also might contain the <base>, <isindex>, <link>, <meta>, <script>, and <style> elements. Internet Explorer 4 supports the inclusion of the <basefont> element in the <head> element, but <basefont> has been deprecated under HTML 4.

Under XHTML 1.0, the closing </head> tag is mandatory.

The meaning of the profile attribute is somewhat unclear, and no browsers appear to support it in any meaningful way.

Internet Explorer may allow the <bgsound> element within <head>.

HTML 2 and 3.2 support no attributes for this element.

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