Jacob Paris
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Understanding HTML's mysterious Void elements

HTML has several void elements. These cannot have any content, and cannot have separate closing tags.

  • <br>
  • <hr>
  • <img>
  • <input>
  • <link>
  • <meta>
  • <area>
  • <base>
  • <col>
  • <embed>
  • <param>
  • <source>
  • <track>

Closing a void element like this is invalid html.

<img alt></img>

Void elements can optionally be self-closing, so these are both correct and identical.

<img alt>
<img alt />
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