HTML <small> Tag

The HTML <small> tag represents side comments such as small print.

Small print (also referred to as "fine print" or "mouseprint") usually refers to the part of a document that contains disclaimers, caveats, or legal restrictions, such as copyrights.

The <small> element is only intended for short runs of text. It is not suitable for large spans of text, such as paragraphs, lists, etc. Therefore, the <small> tag should not be used to mark up the full content of a "Terms of Use" page.


The <small> tag is written as <small></small> with the small text inserted between the start and end tags.

Like this:


Legal Restrictions & Caveats

You can use the <small> tag to represent legal restrictions and caveats. Here's an example where a free offer is advertised in normal sized print, and the condition is presented in small print.

Copyright Notice

You can use the <small> tag to mark up a copyright notice. Like this:


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

The <small> element accepts the following attributes.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <small> 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.