- is a block tag, while
is an inline tag.
- Note that it is illegal to place a block level element within an inline element, so:Some text thatI wantto mark</span> up</div>
- There are lots of block elements (linebreaks before and after) defined in HTML, and lots of inline tags (no linebreaks).
- But in modern HTML all elements are supposed to have meanings: a
<p>is a paragraph, an
<li>is a list item, etc., and we’re supposed to use the right tag for the right purpose — not like in the old days when we indented using
<blockquote>whether the content was a quote or not.
- So, what do you do when there is no meaning to the thing you’re trying to do? There’s nomeaning to a 400px-wide column, is there? You just want your column of text to be 400px wide because that suits your design.
- For this reason, they added two more elements to HTML: the generic, or meaningless elements
<span>, because otherwise, people would go back to abusing the elements which do have meanings.