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HTML Colgroup Tag Tutorial

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Safari Chrome
Firefox has limited support.

The colgroup tag is similar to the col tag. It allows you to apply HTML attributes and CSS styles to an entire table column at once, only with the colgroup you can group multiple columns together.

The colgroup tag can only be used with the table element.

Here's an example of usage:

  <table width="460" border="1">
<colgroup span="2" style="width: 140px;"></colgroup>
<colgroup style="background-color: #cdc;" width="60"></colgroup>
  <td>CSS Made Easy</td>
  <td>Learn CSS the easy way.</td>
  <td>Tables Made Easy</td>
  <td>All about HTML tables.</td>

Notice the first colgroup shows span="2" as an attribute and value. This is how multiple columns are grouped together. Close one colgroup before opening another. Note that you should not place any content between the opening <colgroup> tag and the closing </colgroup> tag.

While the "colgroup" element is supported by all major browsers, Firefox doesn't recognize many HTML attributes or CSS styles you should be able to use with it, so you'll need to test what works and what doesn't in Firefox when you use this element.

Here's how that table looks on a web page:

Product Description Price
CSS Made Easy Learn CSS the easy way. $27.00
Tables Made Easy All about HTML tables. $17.00

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