HTML <small> Tag


In HTML4, the <small> HTML element reduces the font size by one compared to plain text. In HTML4, font size is measured in arbitrary units from 1 to 7, the average text size used by default is 3. Thus, adding <small> reduces the text by one arbitrary unit. The use of nested <small> elements is allowed, while the font size will be smaller with each nested level, but cannot be less than 1.
In HTML5, the <small> element is used for footnotes and comments, usually written in small text. These may include warnings, license information, copyrights, etc.


Permitted Parents
Any element that accepts phrasing content, or any element that accepts flow content
Inline and text
Start/End Tags
Start tag: required, End tag: required


The small tag will make the following text <small>smaller</small>



Global Attributes

The <small> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML5

Event Attributes

The <small> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML5

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the HTML <small> tag.

Edge Chrome Firefox Opera Safari
Tablets / Mobile
Chrome Firefox Opera Safari Samsung Webview

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 30th September 2023