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HTML <br> Tag

HTML br (line break) element creates a line break or carriage-return in text within an HTML document. It is useful for writing a poem or an address, where the division of lines is significant.

HTML br element is an inline element.

The <br> tag inserts a single line break. The text after the <br> begins again at the start of the next line of the text block.

HTML br element requires start tag only. The <br> element is classified as a “void element” as it has no content.

HTML br element can reside within inline as well as block level elements.

The <br> tag is an empty tag which means that it has no end tag.

If you place the <br> tag in the HTML code, then it works the same as pressing the enter key in a word processor.

HTML <br> Tag Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>HTML <br> Tag Example</title>
</head>

<body>
    <h1>A Poem</h1>

    <p>Be not afraid of greatness.<br>
        Some are born great,<br>
        some achieve greatness,<br>
        and others have greatness thrust upon them.</p>

    <p><em>-William Shakespeare</em></p>
</body>

</html>
HTML <br> Tag Example Output

What is the correct way of using <br>, <br/>, or <br /> in HTML?

You can use HTML br tag three ways: <br> or <br/> or <br />. It is recommended to use closed br tag <br/> because it is supported in HTML and XHTML both.

In XHTML, the valid way is to use <br/> or <br></br> as mentioned in the XHTML guidelines.

As per w3 guidelines, a space should be included before the trailing / and > of empty elements, for example, <br />. 

In HTML, use <br> tag.