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Below is a list of valid HTML tags. Many of these tags serve only for CSS styles or scripting behaviors.

The note "Deprecated" indicates a tag that has another (usually better) way of doing the same thing, usually through CSS.

Tag Code Description
<!--...--> Defines a comment (put whatever you want in place of the ...)
<!DOCTYPE>  Defines the document type
<a> Defines an anchor for a hyperlink
<abbr> Defines an abbreviation
<acronym> Defines an acronym
<address> Defines contact information for the author or owner
<applet> Deprecated. Defines an embedded applet
<area> Defines an area inside an image-map
<b> or <strong> Defines bold text
<base> Defines a default address or a default target for all links on a page
<basefont> Deprecated. Defines a default font, color, or size for the text in a page
<bdo> Defines the text direction
<big> Defines bigger-than-standard size text
<blockquote> Defines a long quotation
<body> Defines the document's body
<br /> or <br> Defines a single line break
<button> Defines a push-button
<caption> Defines a table caption
<center> Deprecated. Defines centered text
<cite> Defines a citation
<code> Defines computer code text
<col> Defines attribute values for one or more columns in a table 
<colgroup> Defines a group of columns in a table for formatting
<dd> Defines a description of a term in a definition list
<del> Defines deleted text (shows up as strikethrough)
<dir> Deprecated. Defines a directory list
<div> Defines a section in a document
<dfn> Defines a definition term
<dl> Defines a definition list
<dt> Defines a term (an item) in a definition list
<em> or <i> Defines emphasized (italic) text 
<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form
<font> Deprecated. Defines font, color, and size for text when CSS cannot
<form> Defines an HTML form for user input
<frame> Defines a window (a frame) in a frameset
<frameset> Defines a set of frames
<h1> to <h6> Defines HTML headings
<head> Defines information about the document
<hr> Defines a horizontal line
<html> Defines an HTML document
<i> or <em> Defines italic text
<iframe> Defines an inline frame
<img> Defines an image
<input> Defines an input control
<ins> Defines inserted text (shows up as underlined)
<isindex> Deprecated. Defines a searchable index related to a document
<kbd> Defines keyboard text
<label> Defines a label for an input element
<legend> Defines a caption for a fieldset element
<li> Defines a list item
<link> Defines the relationship between a document and an external resource
<map> Defines an image-map 
<menu> Deprecated. Defines a menu list
<meta> Defines metadata about an HTML document
<noframes> Defines an alternate content for users that do not support frames
<noscript> Defines an alternate content for users that do not support client-side scripts
<object> Defines an embedded object
<ol> Defines an ordered list
<optgroup> Defines a group of related options in a select list
<option> Defines an option in a select list
<p> Defines a paragraph
<param> Defines a parameter for an object
<pre> Defines preformatted text
<q> Defines a short quotation
<s> or <strike> Deprecated. Defines strikethrough text
<samp> Defines sample computer code
<script> Defines a client-side script
<select> Defines a select list (drop-down list)
<small> Defines smaller-than-standard sized text
<span> Defines a section in a document for CSS styling
<strong> or <b> Defines strong (bold) text
<style> Defines style information for a document
<sub> Defines subscripted text
<sup> Defines superscripted text (as in a mathematical exponent)
<table> Defines a table
<tbody> Groups the body content in a table
<td> Defines a cell in a table ("table data")
<textarea> Defines a multi-line text input control
<tfoot> Groups the footer content in a table
<th> Defines a header cell in a table ("table heading")
<thead> Groups the header content in a table
<title> Defines the title of a document
<tr> Defines a row in a table
<tt> Defines teletype text, a Courier-like font
<u> Deprecated. Defines underlined text
<ul> Defines an unordered list
<var> Defines a variable part of a text
<xmp> Deprecated. Defines preformatted text

Last updated 8/15/2013.