List of HTML Self-Closing Tags

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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

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.


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