big is an HTML tag that is used to specify that certain text should be rendered larger than the surrounding text in an HTML document. While not deprecated in the W3C HTML specification, it is suggested that webmasters separate style from content by using cascading style sheets instead of the big tag. It is, however deprecated in the newer XHTML specification.

See also: font, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, small


There are no required HTML attributes for the big tag, and in fact, attributes are seldom used with this element. Regardless, the following are all valid options for the big tag in your HTML documents:


To use the big tag, simply place opening and closing HTML tags around the letters or words. For example:

normal <big>big <big>bigger <big>even bigger <big>really big</big></big></big></big>

On browsers that support this tag, this will cause each successive word or phrase to get bigger and bigger.

Everything2 Support?

E2 does provide limited support for the big tag. E2 does not provide support for any of this tag's HTML attributes. Below is how your browser displays the example above here on Everything2:

normal big bigger even bigger really big

If you would like to use this tag with any or all of it's attributes, you can do so in your Notelet Nodelet.

Common Browser Implementations*

Most web browsers support this tag, as it has been around since at least HTML 3.2. Nearly every browser displays big text in a similar manner, though you may see some very slight differences depending on your browser, version, or operating system. It is actually by using different fonts that you will see the largest changes from this tag.

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* Please feel free to send me information if you know of any browsers that implement the big tag in an unusual manner.