HTML <samp> (Sample Text) Tag

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<p>This is <samp>sample</samp> text</p>


The <samp> logical inline element is used to specifies sample text. Enclosed text generally is rendered in a monospaced font.

The <samp> is useful to bind style rules to.

By default, most browsers render the contents of <samp> elements in a fixed-width, monospaced font, but you can change that with CSS properties.

If you are looking to mark up programming code, the <code> element would be more appropriate.

If you are looking to indicate user input (e.g. from a keyboard), the <kbd>kbd element is more appropriate.

Note: The samp element is a phrasing-level element. It must not contain block-level elements, but it can contain other phrasing-level elements.

Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, 5

Standard Syntax


Browser Support


Global Attributes

The <samp> element also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <samp> element also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

By Default CSS Value(s)

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

samp { 
  font-family: monospace;

Related Tags:

<a>, <abbr>, <b>, <bdi>, <bdo>, <br>, <cite>, <code>, <data>, <dfn>, <em>, <i>, <kbd>, <mark>, <q>, <rp>, <rt>, <ruby>, <s>, <small>, <span>, <strong>, <sub>, <sup>, <time>, <u>, <var> and <wbr>
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