Why <big> tag is not in HTML5 while <small> tag exists ?

The &lt;big> tag was discontinued in HTML5 while <small> tag is still in handy because <small> tag is frequently used to represent small prints like footnotes, copyright notices, comments etc. Many alternatives for <big> tag are already available such as <h1>, <h2> and so on. In HTML5 instead of using <big>, you can use CSS to create larger texts.

<big> Tag: The HTML <big> tag makes the one size bigger font in the HTML document. Small is converted to medium, medium is converted to large and similarly large is converted to x-large.

Syntax:

<big> Text... </big>

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <style>
        div {
            font-weight: bold;
            color: green;
        }
    </style>
</head>
  
<body>
    This is normal text:
    <div>GeeksforGeeks</div>
    <br></br>
    This is bigger text:
    <div><big>GeeksforGeeks</big></div>
</body>
  
</html>

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<small> Tag: The HTML <small> tag defines smaller text. It makes text one font smaller than the available text. x-large is converted to large, large is converted to medium, and similarly medium is converted to small.

Syntax:

<small> Text... </small>

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  
<head>
    <style>
        div {
            font-weight: bold;
            color: green;
        }
    </style>
</head>
  
<body>
    This is normal text:
    <div>GeeksforGeeks</div>
    <br></br>
  
    This is smaller text:
    <div><small>GeeksforGeeks</small></div>
</body>
  
</html>

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The <big> and <small> tags have the following browser support:

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Opera
  • Safari

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