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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

dir="ltr | rtl"
id="unique alphanumeric identifier"
lang="language code"


Attributes Defined by Internet Explorer

class="class name(s)"

Events Defined by Internet Explorer

onlayoutcomplete, onreadystatechange

Element Specific Attributes

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.


  <title>Big Company Home Page</title>

  <base href="">

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


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


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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