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body

Specifies the body of the content of the document.

Browser/User Agent Support

IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+

Example

This example shows a body element with the background set to an image named "background.gif" and runs the "startup()" function from a linked JS file defined in the head of the document (not shown) when the body loads:

 <body background="images/background.gif" onload="startup();"> <p>Some text...</p> </body> 

Remarks

The <body></body> element is required in all HTML documents. When settting color, font, background properties, use CSS rules when possible, rather than setting them explicitly in the <body&gt</body> tag.

Attribute Detail

Attribute IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
accesskey
[key].
Hot-key shortcut for the element.
5.5+ no no no 1.0+
 
alink
[color | "transparent"]. Example values: Red, #FF0000 (#RRGGBB color code for "red"), etc.
Specifies the color for active links in the document. Specify either a color name or RGB color.
4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
background
[url]. Example values: "../images/blue-background.gif", etc.
Specifies the URL for the background image for the document or element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
bgcolor
[color | "transparent"]. Example values: Red, #FF0000 (#RRGGBB color code for "red"), etc.
Specifies the background color for the document or element. Specify either a color name or RGB color.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
If set, specifies that the background image is fixed and will not scroll.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
bottommargin
[margin-width]. Example values: 10px, 5%, etc.
Bottom margin for the body of the document.
4.0+ no no no no
 
class
[class-name]. Example values: header-class, list-element, etc.
CSS class assigned to the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether or not the content of the element is editable, or if the element inherits the value of this property from its parent.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
dir
Direction of the element text.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether or not the element is disabled.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether the element shows a visual cue when it has focus.
5.5+ no no no no
 
id
[element-id]
Unique identifier for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
lang
[language-code]. Example values: "en" (English), "fr" (French), "es" (Spanish), etc.
Language code for the content of the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Script language for the element.
3.0+ 2.0+ 1.0+ no 1.0+
 
leftmargin
[margin-width]. Example values: 10px, 5%, etc.
Left margin for the body of the document.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
link
[color | "transparent"]. Example values: Red, #FF0000 (#RRGGBB color code for "red"), etc.
Specifies the color for links in the document. Specify either a color name or RGB color.
4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
marginheight
[number-of-pixels]
Top and bottom margins (in pixels) for the document.
4.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
marginwidth
[number-of-pixels]
Left and right margins (in pixels) for the document.
4.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
If present, specifies that the element text should not wrap.
2.0+ 1.1+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
rightmargin
[margin-width]. Example values: 10px, 5%, etc.
Right margin (in pixels) for the body of the document.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Specifies whether or not scroll bars are visible.
4.0+ no no no no
 
style
[style-name]
Inline style for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
tabindex
[number]
Position of the element in the tabbing order for the document.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
text
[color | "transparent"]. Example values: Red, #FF0000 (#RRGGBB color code for "red"), etc.
Specifies the color for text of the document. Specify either a color name or RGB color.
4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 
title
[text-description]
Short text description for the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Specifies whether or not the element is unselectable.
5.5+ no no no no
 
vlink
[color | "transparent"]. Example values: Red, #FF0000 (#RRGGBB color code for "red"), etc.
Specifies the color for visited links in the document. Specify either a color name or RGB color.
4.0+ 1.0+ 7.0+ 1.0+
 

Event Detail

Event IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
Fires when the element becomes active.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately after a user prints or print previews a document.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element becomes active.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the selection is cut to the clipboard.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before the element stops being the active element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element receives focus prior to being edited.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the selection is pasted from the clipboard to the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before a user prints or print previews a document.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before a document is unloaded.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element is clicked.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is right-clicked and the context menu opens.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before the element is selected.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element is cut to the clipboard.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is double-clicked.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the active element becomes inactive.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element is dragged.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element is released from being dragged.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the element has another object dragged onto it that can be dropped on the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when an element has an object dragged out of it that could be dropped onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when an element has an object dragged over it that could be dropped onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before an element is dragged.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when an object is dropped onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the CSS Filter of an element changes or finishes transitioning.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before an element receives focus.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately after focus moves from the element to another element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when a user presses down on a key while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when a user presses a key or holds down the key while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when a user releases a key while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the content of the element finishes loading.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the element loses mouse capture.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when a user clicks down on the mouse button while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the mouse pointer enters the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the mouse pointer leaves the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the mouse moves while the pointer over the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the mouse pointer moves off of the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the mouse pointer moves over the element.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the user releases the mouse button while the element has focus.
2.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 
Fires when the user rotates the mouse wheel while the element has focus.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element moves.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element stops moving.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before the element moves.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the clipboard contents are pasted onto the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when one of the properties of the element changes.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the ready state of the element changes.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when the element is finished being resized.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires immediately before a user resizes the element.
4.0+ no no no no
 
Fires when a user scrolls the element.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires immediately before the element is selected.
4.0+ no no no 1.0+
 
Fires when the content of the element finishes unloading.
4.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+
 

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