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This element is used to indicate a block of content within the document. This block is then treated as one logical unit, to which the attributes and styles assigned to the division are applied. This is a generic block level element and is generally used in conjunction with stylesheets.

    align="center| justify | left | right"**
    class="class name(s)"
    datafld="column name" (reserved)
    dataformatas="html | text" (reserved)
    datasrc="id" (reserved)
    dir="ltr | rtl"
    id="unique identifier"
    lang="language code"
    style="style information"

‡ = Required attribute
** = Transitional only

Explanation of attributes

align**: used to define how the contents of this block level container should be aligned. The default value is "left", however values of "right", "center" and "justify" can also be assigned. The "justify" value is generally not supported (except by Microsoft browsers). This attribute is deprecated in favor of stylesheets.

class: used to state which class(es) the element belongs to. It is possible to indicate more than one class for an element by separating each class name with a space character. This attribute is normally used in combination with a stylesheet in order to associate the elements with particular styles defined within the stylesheet.

datafld: used to specify the column name of a data source object that is used to supply the bound data for this element.

dataformatas: used to state whether the data contained in this element is plain text or HTML.

datasrc: used to state the ID of the data source object used to supply the data contained within this element.

dir: used to set the direction of the text in combination with the language set in the lang attribute. The available values are "ltr" (left to right) and "rtl" (right to left), with the default value being "ltr".

id: used to specify a unique alphanumeric identifier to the element. This is usually used in combination with stylesheets in order to apply a style to one particular instance of an element. Only one element, regardless of type, can be given a particular id.

lang: used to indicate the language being used in the text contained within the element. The value of this attribute takes on the form of the ISO standard lanuage abbreviations found in RFC 3066. A list of these codes can be found on the ISO language codes page.

style: used to specify an inline style to apply to the element. The styles defined here override the styles declared in the header section.

title: used to define an advisory text that may be displayed as a tooltip when a mouse is used to hover over the element.

Event handlers

The following event handlers are defined for this element:


Description: Support of division and attributes in various browsers
Test Internet Explorer 6+ Netscape 4 Mozilla and Netscape 6+ Opera 6+ MSN TV (WebTV) Konqeuror 3.0+
Basic element support  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: align  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: class  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: datafield  Yes  No  No  No  No  No 
Attribute: dataformatas  Yes  No  No  No  No  No 
Attribute: datasrc  Yes  No  No  No  No  No 
Attribute: dir  Yes  No  Yes  No  No  No 
Attribute: id  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: lang  Yes  No  Yes  No  No  No 
Attribute: style  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: title  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  No  Yes 

The browser icons are explained in the below list:
Internet Explorer 6+ = Microsoft Internet Explorer 6+
Netscape 4 = Netscape Communicator 4
Mozilla and Netscape 6+ = Mozilla and Netscape Navigator 6+
Opera 7+ = Opera 7+
MSN TV (WebTV) = MSN TV (aka. WebTV)
Konqeuror 3.0+ = Konqueror 3.0+