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HTML <col> tag

HTML <col> tag is used to specify common column properties for each column within <colgroup> element in an HTML table.

The <col> tag is useful when it requires to apply common style rules for each column cell rather than applying individually.


Note: In HTML <col> tag does not require a closing tag but in XHTML it require a closing </col> tag.

Following are some specifications about the HTML <col> tag

Display Inline
Start tag/End tag Start tag(Empty tag)
Usage HTML tables

Example 1

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HTML col tag


Tag-specific Attribute

element should contain. The default value of span attribute is 1.
Attribute Value Description
  • left
  • center
  • right
  • justify
  • char
It specifies the horizontal alignment of each column cell.
(Not supported in HTML5).
char character It specifies the alignment of content based on Characters in a column. It will be ignored if align is not set to char. (Not supported in HTML5).
charoff number It sets the number of characters to offset the column data from the alignment character specified by the char attribute. (Not supported in HTML5).
span number It specifies the number of the columns which a
  • top
  • middle
  • bottom
  • baseline
It specifies the vertical alignment of the columns.
(Not supported in HTML5).
  • %
  • Pixels
  • relative_length
It specifies the width of the column.
(Not supported in HTML5).

Global Attribute

HTML <col> tag supports all Global attributes in HTML.

Event Attribute

HTML <col> tag supports all event attributes in HTML.

Supporting Browsers

Element chrome browser Chrome ie browser IE firefox browser Firefox opera browser Opera safari browser Safari
<col> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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