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Document head

The head element is used at the beginning of your XHTML. It contains descriptive (meta) information about the document, as well as style rules and scripts. This element must contain exactly one title element.

<head
    dir="ltr | rtl"
    lang="language code"
    profile="url"
>
</head>

Key:
‡ = Required attribute
** = Transitional only

Explanation of attributes

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".

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.

profile: this attribute is used to specify a url that contains information about the meta-data that can be used within the document and what the data might mean.

Event handlers

No event handlers are defined for this element.

Compatibility

Description: Support of document head 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: dir  No  No  No  No  No  No 
Attribute: lang  Yes  Yes  Yes  No 
Attribute: profile  No  No  No  No  No  No 

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+