HTML 5 <style> Tag

The HTML <style> tag is used for declaring style sheets within your HTML document.

Each HTML document can contain multiple <style> tags. Each <style> tag must be located between the <head> tags (or a <noscript> element that is a child of a <head> element).



HTML tags can contain one or more attributes. Attributes are added to a tag to provide the browser with more information about how the tag should appear or behave. Attributes consist of a name and a value separated by an equals (=) sign, with the value surrounded by double quotes. Here's an example, style="color:black;".

There are 3 kinds of attributes that you can add to your HTML tags: Element-specific, global, and event handler content attributes.

The attributes that you can add to this tag are listed below.

Element-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to this tag/element.

typeSpecifies the style sheet language as a content-type (MIME type).
mediaSpecifies the device that the styles apply to. Must be a valid media query.

Possible values:

  • all
  • braille
  • print
  • projection
  • screen
  • speech
scopedSpecifies that the styles only apply to this element's parent element and that element's child elements. If this attribute is not used, styles will be applied to the whole document.

Note that if the <style> tag is being used outside of the document <head>, it must have the scoped attribute.

Draft versions of the HTML 5.1 specification had included a scoped attribute that would allow the style element to appear within the document's body.

The attribute would allow authors to define styles for only a sub-section of the document (i.e. they wouldn't affect the rest of the document).

However, the scoped attribute was removed from the HTML 5.1 specification in early 2016.

Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML 5 tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handler Content Attributes

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Here are the standard HTML 5 event handler content attributes.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 event handler content attributes.