HTML td tag

Example

A simple HTML table, containing two columns and two rows:
<table border="1">
  <tr>
    <th>Month</th>
    <th>Savings</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>January</td>
    <td>$100</td>
  </tr>
</table>


Definition and Usage

The <td> tag defines a standard cell in an HTML table.
An HTML table has two kinds of cells:
  • Header cells - contains header information (created with the th element)
  • Standard cells - contains data (created with the td element)
The text in a th element is bold and centered.
The text in a td element is regular and left-aligned.

Browser Support

The <td> tag is supported in all major browsers.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

The "bgcolor", "height", "width", and "nowrap" attributes of the td element were deprecated in HTML 4.01, and are not supported in XHTML 1.0 Strict DTD.


Tips and Notes

Tip: Use the colspan and rowspan attributes to let the content span over multiple columns or rows!

Optional Attributes

DTD indicates in which DTD the attribute is allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.

Attribute Value Description DTD
abbr text Specifies an abbreviated version of the content in a cell STF
align left
right
center
justify
char
Aligns the content in a cell STF
axis category_name Categorizes cells STF
bgcolor rgb(x,x,x)
#xxxxxx
colorname
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies a background color for a cell
TF
char character Aligns the content in a cell to a character STF
charoff pixels
 
Sets the number of characters the content will be aligned from the character specified by the char attribute STF
colspan number Sets the number of columns a cell should span STF
headers headercells'_id Specifies the table headers related to a cell STF
height pixels
%
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Sets the height of a cell
TF
nowrap nowrap Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies that the content inside a cell should not wrap
TF
rowspan number Sets the number of rows a cell should span STF
scope col
colgroup
row
rowgroup
Defines a way to associate header cells and data cells in a table STF
valign top
middle
bottom
baseline
Vertical aligns the content in a cell STF
width pixels
%
Deprecated. Use styles instead.
Specifies the width of a cell
TF

Standard Attributes

id, class, title, style, dir, lang, xml:lang

For a full description, go to StandardAttributes.

Event Attributes

onclick, ondblclick, onmousedown, onmouseup, onmouseover, onmousemove, onmouseout, onkeypress, onkeydown, onkeyup

For a full description, go to Event Attributes.
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