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HTML dir Attribute

Definition and Usage

The dir attribute specifies the text direction of the element's content.

The dir attribute can have the following values:

  • ltr - means left-to-right text direction
  • rtl - means right to left text direction
  • auto - lets the user agent decide the text direction, based on the content (only recommended if the text direction is unknown)

Applies to

The dir attribute is a Global Attribute, and can be used on any HTML element.

Element Attribute
All HTML elements dir



A paragraph with a right-to-left direction:

<p dir="rtl">Write this text right-to-left!</p>
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