Deprecated and Obsolete Elements

This section lists elements of HTML whose use should be avoided, whether because the element is now obsolete, or because the element is being deprecated (i.e. still supported, but its use is not recommended and the element may eventually become obsolete).


Obsolete Elements

Several elements of HTML are obsolete, including PLAINTEXT, XMP, LISTING, HPx, and COMMENT. The first three should be replaced with PRE; HP (highlighted phrase) should be replaced with the character highlighting elements; and COMMENT should be replaced with <!-- blah blah blah -->, the SGML comment characters.

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Last modified: Nov 7, 1995

James "Eric" Tilton, HTML Guru Wannabee,