HTML and CSS Reference
4.5.2. The <big> Tag
The <big> tag makes it easy to increase the size of text. It couldn't be
simpler: the browser renders the text between the <big> tag and its
matching </big> ending tag one font size larger than the surrounding
text. If that text is already at the largest size, <big> has no effect.
[ <font>, 4.10.3 ]
Even better, you can nest <big> tags to enlarge the text. Each <big> tag
makes the text one size larger, up to a limit of size seven, as defined by
the font model.
4.5.3. The <blink> Tag (Obsolete Extension)
Text contained between the <blink> tag and its end tag, </blink> , does
just that: it blinks on and off. Firefox, for example, simply and reiterat-
ively reverses the background and foreground colors for the <blink> -en-
closed text. Neither the HTML nor the XHTML standard includes <blink> .
Originally, it was supported as an extension only by Netscape Navigat-
or versions before version 6; then it was dropped in version 6, and was
reinstated in versions 7 and later. Opera and Firefox support it, tooonly
Internet Explorer eschews it. You should, too.
We cannot effectively reproduce the animated effect in these static
pages, but it is easy to imagine and best left to the imagination, too.
Blinking text has two primary effects: it gets your readers' attention and
then promptly annoys them to no end. Forget about blinking text.
4.5.4. The <i> Tag
The <i> tag is like the <em> content-based style tag. It and its necessary
end tag ( </i> ) tell the browser to render the enclosed text in an italic or
oblique typeface. If the typeface is not available to the browser, high-
lighting, reverse video, or underlining might be used.