small element represents
side comments such as small print.
Small print typically features disclaimers, caveats, legal restrictions, or copyrights. Small print is also sometimes used for attribution, or for satisfying licensing requirements.
small element does not "de-emphasize" or
lower the importance of text emphasized by the
em element or marked as important with the
strong element. To mark text as not
emphasized or important, simply do not mark it up with the
strong elements respectively.
small element should not be used for
extended spans of text, such as multiple paragraphs, lists, or
sections of text. It is only intended for short runs of text. The
suitable candidate for the
small element: in such a case, the text is
not a side comment, it is the main content of the page.
In this example, the
small element is used to indicate that
value-added tax is not included in a price of a hotel room:
<dl> <dt>Single room <dd>199 € <small>breakfast included, VAT not included</small> <dt>Double room <dd>239 € <small>breakfast included, VAT not included</small> </dl>
In this second example, the
small element is used for a side comment in
<p>Example Corp today announced record profits for the second quarter <small>(Full Disclosure: Foo News is a subsidiary of Example Corp)</small>, leading to speculation about a third quarter merger with Demo Group.</p>
This is distinct from a sidebar, which might be multiple paragraphs long and is removed from the main flow of text. In the following example, we see a sidebar from the same article. This sidebar also has small print, indicating the source of the information in the sidebar.
<aside> <h1>Example Corp</h1> <p>This company mostly creates small software and Web sites.</p> <p>The Example Corp company mission is "To provide entertainment and news on a sample basis".</p> <p><small>Information obtained from <a href="http://example.com/about.html">example.com</a> home page.</small></p> </aside>
In this last example, the
small element is marked as being
important small print.
<p><strong><small>Continued use of this service will result in a kiss.</small></strong></p>