HTML5 <small> Tag

The HTML <small> tag is used to make the text font size one size smaller (for example, from large to medium, or from small to x-small) down to the browser’s minimum font size. In HTML5, this element is repurposed to represent side-comments and small print, including copyright and legal text, independent of its styled presentation.

The only content permitted inside this element is phrasing content. Both the starting and ending tag are mandatory for this element. The parent of the <small> tag can be any element that accepts phrasing content, or any element that accepts flow content.

The small element is not meant to be used for extended spans of text, such as multiple paragraphs, lists, or sections of text. It is only intended for short runs of text.

The following style is applied to this element by default:

small {
  font-size: smaller;

Here is an example of using this tag:

<p>Example Corp today announced record profits for the second quarter 
  <small>(Full Disclosure: Foo News is a subsidiary of Example Corp)</small>
  , leading to speculation about a third quarter merger with Demo Group.</p>


This element only accepts global attributes.


See the Pen HTML small Tag by Tutorialio (@tutorialio) on CodePen.

Further Reading

  1. Read more about the HTML <small> element on MDN.
  2. You can also read the HTML <small> tag reference on W3C.

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