HTML <param> Tag

The HTML <param> tag is used for passing parameters to an embedded object.

The <param> tag does not represent anything on its own. It is used with the <object> tag to provide parameters.


The <param> tag is written as <param name="" value=""> (no end tag). The name and value attributes provide a name/value pair that the <object> element can use.

The <param> must be nested inside an <object> element, before any "flow content".

Like this:


You can use the <param> element to pass parameters to your embedded objects.

Here, we use the <param> tag to embed a music file, and the <param> element to pass parameters to the <param> element. We tell it not to display audio controls (name="controller" value="true") and to start playing automatically (i.e. name="autoplay" value="false).


Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.

The <param> element accepts the following attributes.

nameDefines the name of the parameter. Required attribute.
valueSpecifies the value of the parameter. Required attribute.

Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <param> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handlers

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.

For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes.