This element is also available in our updated HTML 4 reference. Some characteristics may have changed.
|Contents:||TT, I, B, U, STRIKE, BIG, SMALL, SUB, SUP, EM, STRONG, DFN, CODE, SAMP, KBD, VAR, CITE, A, APPLET, IMG, FONT, BASEFONT, BR, MAP, INPUT, SELECT, TEXTAREA and plain text.
|May occur in:||BODY, DIV, CENTER, BLOCKQUOTE, FORM, TH, TD, DT, DD, LI, P, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, PRE, ADDRESS, TT, I, B, U, STRIKE, BIG, SMALL, SUB, SUP, EM, STRONG, DFN, CODE, SAMP, KBD, VAR, CITE, FONT, A, APPLET, CAPTION.
B is used to indicate that the enclosed text must be rendered in a bold typeface. It must be rendered distinct from I-italics text.
If you want to indicate strong emphasis, use the STRONG element instead. B should only be used when you want bold typeface for some other reason than to denote strong emphasis. While the two tags usually produce the same output, the B tag does not provide any reasons why the enclosed text is in boldface. This means an indexer or text-only browser cannot pick a good alternative. With STRONG this is possible.
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