HTML and CSS Reference
color This attribute sets the text color using either a browser-dependent named color or a
color specified in the hexadecimal #RRGGBB format.
face This attribute contains a list of one or more font names separated by commas. The
user agent looks through the specified font names and renders the text in the first font that
point-size This Netscape 4-specific attribute specifies the point size of text and is used with
downloadable fonts. It is listed for historical purposes only and is easily mimicked using the
font-size CSS property.
size This attribute specifies the font size as either a numeric or relative value. Numeric
values range from 1 to 7 , with 1 being the smallest and 3 the default. The relative values, +
and - , increment or decrement the font size relative to the current size. The value for
increment or decrement should range only from +1 to +6 or - 1 to - 6 .
weight Under Netscape 4, this attribute specifies the weight of the font, with a value of 100
being lightest and 900 being heaviest. This is listed primarily for historical purposes; such
visual changes are best implemented using the font-weight CSS property.
<p><font color="#FF0000" face="Helvetica, Times Roman" size="+1">
Relatively large red text in Helvetica or Times.
HTML 3.2, 4, 4.01 (transitional)
XHTML 1.0 (transitional)
Firefox 1+, Internet Explorer 2+,
Netscape 1.1+, Opera 4+, Safari 1+
• Use of this element is not encouraged, as it is not part of strict HTML and XHTML
specifications. HTML5 defines this element as obsolete. CSS properties like
font-face , color , and font-size provide a richer way of providing the same
functionality as this element.
• Interestingly, the transitional specification for some reason does not define core
events for this element. In practice, they are supported by major browsers.
• The default text size for a document can be set using the size attribute of the
• The HTML 3.2 specification supports only the color and size attributes for this
• HTML5 appears to define all the common attributes for this element, but does not
define those which are important to perform its stated task.