All Empty Tags in HTML

For my next book, I need a complete list of all the empty tags possible in classic HTML such as <br>, <img>, and <hr>. This is a list of the genuinely empty elements, not including the ones with omitted end-tags such as <p> and <li>.

So far here are the ones I’ve got. Am I missing any?

  • <br>
  • <hr>
  • <meta>
  • <link>
  • <base>
  • <link>
  • <meta>
  • <hr>
  • <br>
  • <img>
  • <embed>
  • <param>
  • <area>
  • <col>
  • <input>

7 Responses to “All Empty Tags in HTML”

  1. Carey Says:

    You’re missing FRAME from HTML 4, ISINDEX and NEXTID from HTML 2, and BASEFONT, BGSOUND, KEYGEN, SOUND, SPACER and WBR from various proprietary extensions.

  2. Roger Says:

    I guess this depends on the definition of “classic” html. I don’t think that has been part of the standard html.

  3. Roger Says:

    Guess I should have stripped the arrows from the tag.

    What I was trying to way:
    I guess this depends on the definition of “classic” html. I don’t think that the embed tag has been part of the standard html.

  4. The Cafes » My Next Book Says:

    […] With a little luck, the book should be on store shelves sometime this summer. I’ve already posted a number of questions that arose while writing it. I’m going to be posting a lot more over the next couple of months. I also plan to post many small excerpts from the book for your perusal and comment. I hope you’ll help out by commenting on, caviling, and correcting the draft pieces I’ll be posting here. […]

  5. Geoff Richards Says:

    I’ve had to come up with a list of the same thing. Here’s mine, copied out of the Lua library I’m working on:

    — Defined in HTML 4.01:
    “area”, “base”, “basefont”, “br”, “col”, “frame”, “hr”,
    “img”, “input”, “isindex”, “link”, “meta”, “param”,

    — Defined (but deprecated) in HTML 2.0 (RFC 1866):
    “nextid”,

    — Proprietary extensions:
    “bgsound”, “embed”, “keygen”, “spacer”, “wbr”

  6. Andy Logic Says:

    Just stumbledupon this and it’s a great list.

    Would this be broadened to include & nbsp and other similar elements?

  7. Daksh Taneja Says:

    Please kindly note down…. is not an EMPTY ELEMNT….its a CONTAINER ELEMENT!!!!

    The thing is that its just optional….and this question is generally asked in COMPETITIVE EXAMS….!

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