HTML <pre> style Attribute

The style attribute on a <pre> tag assigns a unique style to the preformatted text. A style contains one or more CSS property/value pairs that define the appearance of the pre element.

Example

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A style attribute on a <pre> element.

  SELECT FirstName, LastName
  FROM Customer ORDER BY LastName
<pre style="background: #222;color:#fff; width: 350px;
            padding:20px; font-size: 16px;">
  SELECT FirstName, LastName
  FROM Customer ORDER BY LastName
</pre>

Using style

The style attribute specifies the style, i.e. look and feel, of the <pre> element.

A style contains any number of CSS property/value pairs, separated by semicolons (;).

The style attribute overrides any other style that was defined in a <style> tag or an external CSS file.

This inline styling affects the current <pre> element only.


Syntax

<pre style="CSS-styles">

Values

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Value Description
CSS-styles One or more CSS property/value pairs separated by semicolons (;).

More Examples

A style attribute on a <pre> element.
Clicking the button toggles the background and text colors.

  SELECT FirstName, LastName
  FROM Customer ORDER BY LastName

<pre id="mypre" 
     style="background: darkslategray; color: #fff;
            width:350px; padding:20px; font-size: 16px;">
  SELECT FirstName, LastName
  FROM Customer ORDER BY LastName
</pre>

<br />
<button onclick="toggle();">Toggle style</button>

<script>
  let toggle = () => {
    let element = document.getElementById("mypre");

    if (element.style.backgroundColor === "darkslategray") {
       element.style.backgroundColor = "whitesmoke";
       element.style.color = "black";
    } else {
       element.style.backgroundColor = "darkslategray";
       element.style.color = "white";
    }
  }
</script>

Code explanation

The style attribute assigns a background and text colors to the <pre> element.

Clicking the button calls JavaScript which changes the background and text colors.


Browser support

Here is when style support started for each browser:

Chrome
1.0 Sep 2008
Firefox
1.0 Sep 2002
IE/Edge
1.0 Aug 1995
Opera
1.0 Jan 2006
Safari
1.0 Jan 2003

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