List of HTML Self-Closing Tags

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Here's a complete list of self-closing tags for HTML5. These are called “void-elements” in HTML spec.

  1. <area />
  2. <base />
  3. <br />
  4. <col />
  5. <embed />
  6. <hr />
  7. <img />
  8. <input />
  9. <link />
  10. <meta />
  11. <param />
  12. <source />
  13. <track />
  14. <wbr />

The space before the slash is optional.

Is the Ending Slash Optional?

I recommend to always add the slash. Because, it provides a visual clue of non-closing tags.

XHTML Supports Self-Closing Syntax for All Tags

In XML/XHTML, any tag can be self-closed by the ending slash <… />.

When you test XML, you have to make sure the server is sending the correct Internet media type as XHTML (for example, application/xhtml+xml), otherwise browsers will treat it as HTML, regardless of the DOCTYPE in your file.

Reference

https://www.w3.org/TR/html/syntax.html#void-elements

HTML Basics

  1. HTML Basics
  2. HTML5 Tags
  3. Case Sensitivity
  4. Allowed Characters
  5. Charset and Encoding
  6. Self-Closing Tags
  7. Multiple Class Value
  8. HTML Entity List

HTML Table

  1. HTML Table Examples
  2. HTML Table, thead, tbody, tfoot
  3. HTML Table, colgroup, col
  4. Styling HTML Table with CSS
  5. CSS: 3 Columns Page Layout
  6. Pure CSS Table

Misc

  1. Viewport Meta
  2. the Root Element
  3. iframe
  4. video
  5. audio
  6. figure
  7. dl, dt, dd
  8. s strike del
  9. time
  10. meter
  11. progress
  12. q
  13. address
  14. canvas
  15. ruby
  16. HTML5 Custom Data Attribute
  17. Big Tag
  18. Image Maps
  19. Marquee, Scrolling Text
  20. How to Markup Subtitle
  21. Meta Language Tag Obsolete
  22. Browser Auto Refresh

HTML4 Frameset

  1. HTML: Split Windows; Frameset
  2. HTML Nested Frameset
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