This feature is obsolete. Although it may still work in some browsers, its use is discouraged since it could be removed at any time. Try to avoid using it.

The HTML Listing Element (<listing>) renders text between the start and end tags without interpreting the HTML in between and using a monospaced font. The HTML 2 standard recommended that lines shouldn't be broken when not greater than 132 characters.

Note: Do not use this element.
  • It is deprecated since HTML 3.2 and was neither implemented by all browsers, nor in a consistent way. Even more it is obsoleted in HTML5 and may be rendered by conforming user-agents as the <pre> element, which will interpret the internal HTML!
  • Instead use the <pre> element or if semantically adequate the <code> element, eventually escaping the HTML '<' and '>' so that they don't get interpreted.
  • A monospaced font can also be obtained on a simple <div> element, by applying an adequate CSS style using monospace as the generic-font value in a font-family property.


This element has no other attributes than the global attributes, common to all elements.

DOM interface

This element implements the HTMLElement interface.

Implementation note: up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No No No1 No No No
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android IE mobile Opera Android iOS Safari
Basic support No No No No1 No No No

1. Before Firefox 4, this element implemented the HTMLSpanElement interface instead of the standard HTMLElement interface.

See also

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