HTML Paragraphs

The HTML <p> element indicate a paragraph. Browsers automatically add some white space a margin before and after a paragraph.

Example

<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

<p>This is another paragraph.</p>

HTML Display

You cannot be sure how HTML will be displayed. Large or small screens and resized windows will create different results. With HTML, you cannot change the output by adding extra spaces or extra lines in your HTML code. The browser will remove any extra spaces and extra lines when the page is displayed.

Example

<p>

This paragraph

contains a lot of lines

in the source code,

but the browser

ignores it.

</p>

where

<p>

This paragraph contains a lot of spaces in the source code, but the browser ignores it.

HTML Line Breaks

The HTML <br> element defines a line break. Use <br> if you want a line break (a new line) without starting a new paragraph:

Example

<p>This is<br>a paragraph<br>with line breaks.</p>

The Poem Problem

This poem will display on a single line.

Example

<p>

My Bonnie lies over the ocean.

 

My Bonnie lies over the sea.

 

My Bonnie lies over the ocean.

 

Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

The HTML <pre> Element

The HTML <pre> element defines preformatted text. The text inside a <pre> element is displayed in a fixed-width font. It preserves both spaces and line breaks.

Example

<pre>

My Bonnie lies over the ocean.

 

My Bonnie lies over the sea.

 

My Bonnie lies over the ocean.

 

Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

</pre>