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.


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