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what is the b tag and is it deprecated in html?

TY!

4 Answers

Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
15,418 Points

You can find the definition of the b tag on the W3C's website. The short of it:

You should always bear in mind that the content of a b element may not always be bold, and that of an i element may not always be italic. The actual style is dependent on the CSS style definitions. You should also bear in mind that bold and italic may not be the preferred style for content in certain languages.

You should not use b and i tags if there is a more descriptive and relevant tag available. If you do use them, it is usually better to add class attributes that describe the intended meaning of the markup, so that you can distinguish one use from another.

Also,

The b element represents a span of text to be stylistically offset from the normal prose without conveying any extra importance, such as key words in a document abstract, product names in a review, or other spans of text whose typical typographic presentation is boldened.

Henrik Hansen
Henrik Hansen
23,176 Points

It is for bold.

You can find a good tag reference at w3schools.com

The b tag is for bold text. Although it's not deprecated it should only be used as a last resort when no other tag fits. See what w3schools.com has to say

Tips and Notes
Note: According to the HTML 5 specification, the <b> tag should be used as a LAST resort when no other tag is more appropriate. The HTML 5 specification states that headings should be denoted with the <h1> to <h6> tags, emphasized text should be denoted with the <em> tag, important text should be denoted with the <strong> tag, and marked/highlighted text should use the <mark> tag.

Tip: You can also use the CSS "font-weight" property to set bold text.

thanks for the answer- just realized there's the span tag to use as well!