This deprecated, presentational element is not recommended. Authors should generally find an alternative way to accomplish the same task while adhering to all best practices, or simply do without it if it is unimportant.

The HTML <big></big> element enlarges the text within it. It was standardized in 1997, only a month after the first edition of CSS. It was intended as an alternative to larger fonts which could not be used, or which were avoided for visual content out of consideration for speech-based browsers. This element has been deprecated since HTML5 in favor of the CSS font-size property.


Global Attributes

See Global HTML Attributes.


The <big> element corresponds to the "larger" font size.

Typical CSS representation

big {
  font-size: larger;

See Also


  1. Font style elements in HTML 3.2
  2. Non-conforming features in HTML5

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