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Document body

This element is used to define the main body of the document. It is the container for all the visible content of the webpage.

<body
    alink="color name | #RRGGBB"**
    background="url"**
    bgcolor="color name | #RRGGBB"**
    class="class name(s)"
    dir="ltr | rtl"
    id="unique identifier"
    lang="language code"
    link="color name | #RRGGBB"**
    style="style information"
    text="color name | #RRGGBB"**
    title="text"
    vlink="color name | #RRGGBB"**
>
</body>

Key:
‡ = Required attribute
** = Transitional only

Explanation of attributes

alink**: used to define the color in which an active link should be rendered. This attribute can be either the name of a color (support varies) or a color code. Deprecated in favor of stylesheets.

background**: used to define the URL of an image to be used as the background wallpaper for the page. If the image is not big enough to cover the whole page it will be tiled (repeated) both horizontally and vertically until the whole of the page has a background image covering it. Deprecated in favor of stylesheets.

bgcolor**: used to define the color in which the background of the page should be rendered. This attribute can be either the name of a color (support varies) or a color code. 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.

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.

link**: used to define the color in which an inactive, unvisited link should be rendered. This attribute can be either the name of a color (support varies) or a color code. Deprecated in favor of stylesheets.

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

text**: used to define the color in which the text of the page should be rendered. This attribute can be either the name of a color (support varies) or a color code. Deprecated in favor of stylesheets.

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

vlink**: used to define the color in which a visited link should be rendered. This attribute can be either the name of a color (support varies) or a color code. Deprecated in favor of stylesheets.

Event handlers

The following event handlers are defined for this element.

Compatibility

Description: Support of document body 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: alink  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: background  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: bgcolor  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: class  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: dir  Yes  No  Yes  No  No  No 
Attribute: id  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: lang  Yes  No  Yes  No  No 
Attribute: link  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: style  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: text  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 
Attribute: title  Yes  No  Yes  Yes  No  Yes 
Attribute: vlink  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes 

Key:
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+