Learning HTML 3.2 by Examples, section 5 Descriptions of HTML 3.2 tags:

BIG - big font (Not in HTML 2.0!)


To present text in a large font.

Typical rendering

Larger than normal font. See general notes on rendering markup.

Basic syntax


Possible attributes


Allowed context

Text container, i.e. any element that may contain text elements. This includes most HTML elements. In particular, text elements can be nested.


Text elements. Notice that this disallows e.g. paragraph breaks.


Example BIG-1.html:

That was a <BIG>big</BIG> mistake!


Avoid using BIG; use logical markup instead. In particular, for emphasis use EM or STRONG.

See general notes on text markup, which provide additional examples.

It is unspecified what happens if BIG elements are nested; it might or might not result in using a font which is larger than you get with a single BIG.

The FONT element may provide more alternatives for specifying different font sizes.

Date of last update: 2010-12-16.
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