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HTML <samp> Tag


Define some text as sample output from a computer program in a document:

<p>Message from my computer:</p>

<p><samp>File not found.<br>Press F1 to continue</samp></p>
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Definition and Usage

The <samp> tag is used to define sample output from a computer program. The content inside is displayed in the browser's default monospace font.

Tip: This tag is not deprecated. However, it is possible to achieve richer effect by using CSS.

Also look at:

Tag Description
<code> Defines a piece of computer code
<kbd> Defines keyboard input
<var> Defines a variable
<pre> Defines preformatted text

Browser Support

<samp> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Global Attributes

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

Event Attributes

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

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting

HTML DOM reference: Samp Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <samp> element with the following default values:


samp {
  font-family: monospace;
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