This feature is obsolete.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 Plaintext Element (<plaintext>) renders everything following the start tag as raw text, ignoring any following HTML. There is no closing tag, since everything after it is considered raw text.

Note: Do not use this element.
  • <plaintext> is deprecated since HTML 2, and not all browsers implemented it. Browsers that did implement it didn't do so consistently.
  • <plaintext> is obsolete in HTML5; browsers that accept it may instead treat it as a <pre> element that still interprets HTML within.
  • If <plaintext> is the first element on the page (other than any non-displayed elements, like <head>), do not use HTML at all. Instead serve a text file with the text/plain MIME-type.
  • Instead of <plaintext>, use the <pre> element or, if semantically accurate (such as for inline text), the <code> element. Escape any <, > and & characters, to prevent browsers inadvertently parsing content the element content as HTML.
  • A monospaced font can be applied to any HTML element via a CSS font-family style with the monospace generic value.


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

DOM interface

This element implements the HTMLElement interface.

Implementation note: In Gecko 1.9.2 and before, Firefox implements the interface HTMLSpanElement for this element.

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
plaintext Yes 12 4
Before Firefox 4, this element implemented the HTMLSpanElement interface instead of the standard HTMLElement interface.
Yes Yes Yes
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
plaintext Yes Yes 4 Yes Yes Yes

See also

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