HTML <span> style Attribute

The style attribute on a <span> tag assigns a unique style to the inline span element. A style contains one or more CSS property/value pairs that define the appearance of the span element.

Example

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A style attribute on a <span> tag.

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<article>
  <p>
    Did you know? The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest building in the world
    for <span style="background-color: papayawhip;">over 3,800 years</span>, 
    until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in the UK in 1311.
  </p>
</article>

Using style

The style attribute specifies the style, i.e. look and feel, of the <span> element.

A style contains any number of CSS property/value pairs, separated by semicolons (;).

The style attribute overrides any other style that was defined in a <style> tag or an external CSS file.

This inline styling affects the current <span> element only.


Syntax

<span style="CSS-styles">

Values

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Value Description
CSS-styles One or more CSS property/value pairs separated by semicolons (;).

More Examples

A style attribute on a <span> tag.
Clicking the button toggles the background color.

Did you know? The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest building in the world for over 3,800 years, until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in the UK in 1311.


<article>
  <p>
    Did you know? The Great Pyramid of Giza was the tallest building in the world
    for <span id="myspan" style="background-color: papayawhip;">over 3,800 years</span>, 
    until the construction of the Lincoln Cathedral in the UK in 1311.
  </p>
</article>

<br />
<button onclick="toggle();">Toggle style</button>

<script>
  let toggle = () => {
     let element = document.getElementById("myspan");

     if (element.style.backgroundColor === "papayawhip") {
       element.style.backgroundColor = "lightblue";
    } else {
       element.style.backgroundColor = "papayawhip";
    }
  }
</script>

Code explanation

The style attribute assigns a background color to the <span> element.

Clicking the button calls JavaScript which toggles the background color to a different value.


Browser support

Here is when style support started for each browser:

Chrome
1.0 Sep 2008
Firefox
1.0 Sep 2002
IE/Edge
1.0 Aug 1995
Opera
1.0 Jan 2006
Safari
1.0 Jan 2003

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