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DOM Interface ?


The <p> element represents a paragraph.


  • The p element should not be used when a more specific element is more appropriate. [Example B]

HTML Attributes

See global attributes.


Example A

[try it]

<p>The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.</p>


Example B

The following example is technically correct

  <p>Last modified: 2001-04-23</p>
  <p>Author: fred@example.com</p>

However, it would be better marked-up as:

  <footer>Last modified: 2001-04-23</footer>
  <address>Author: fred@example.com</address>


    <p>Last modified: 2001-04-23</p>
    <address>Author: fred@example.com</address>

HTML Reference

The HTML5 specification defines the <p> element in 4.5.1 The p element.


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