HTML <dir> (Directory List) Tag

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Deprecated: Not Supported in HTML5.




The <dir> element encloses a list of brief, unordered items, such as might occur in a menu or directory.

It is deprecated or obsolete under most specifications.

Warning: Do not use this element. Though present in early HTML specifications, it has been deprecated in HTML 4, and has since been removed entirely. No major browsers support this element.

Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01

Standard Syntax


Browser Support



Attribute Value Description
compact compact Specifies that the list should be rendered in a compact style.

Global Attributes

<dir> element also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

<dir> element also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

By Default CSS Value(s)

Most of the browsers will display the <dir> element with the following by default value(s)

dir {
  display: block;
  list-style-type: decimal;
  margin-top: 1em;
  margin-bottom: 1em;
  margin-left: 0;
  margin-right: 0;
  padding-left: 40px;
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