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HTML Marquee

The Marquee HTML tag is a non-standard HTML element which is used to scroll a image or text horizontally or vertically.

In simple words, you can say that it scrolls the image or text up, down, left or right automatically.

Marquee tag was first introduced in early versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. It is compared with Netscape’s blink element.

Marquee HTML Example

  1. <marquee>This is an example of html marquee </marquee>

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This is an example of html marquee

Supporting Browsers

Element chrome_browser Chrome ie_browser IE firefox_browser Firefox opera_browser Opera safari_browser Safari
<marquee> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

HTML Marquee Attributes

Marquee’s element contains several attributes that are used to control and adjust the appearance of the marquee.

Attribute Description
behavior It facilitates user to set the behavior of the marquee to one of the three different types: scroll, slide and alternate.
direction defines direction for scrolling content. It may be left, right, up and down.
width defines width of marquee in pixels or %.
height defines height of marquee in pixels or %.
hspace defines horizontal space in pixels around the marquee.
vspace defines vertical space in pixels around the marquee.
scrolldelay defines scroll delay in seconds.
scrollamount defines scroll amount in number.
loop defines loop for marquee content in number.
bgcolor defines background color. It is now deprecated.

HTML Scroll Marquee

It is a by default property. It is used to scroll the text from right to left, and restarts at the right side of the marquee when it is reached to the end of left side. After the completion of loop text disappears.

  1. <marquee width=“100%” behavior=“scroll” bgcolor=“pink”>
  2. This is an example of a scroll marquee…
  3. </marquee>

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This is an example of a scroll marquee…

HTML Slide Marquee

In slide marquee, all the contents to be scrolled will slide the entire length of marquee but stops at the end to display the content permanently.

  1. <marquee width=“100%” behavior=“slide” bgcolor=“pink”>
  2. This is an example of a slide marquee…
  3. </marquee>

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This is an example of a slide marquee…

HTML Alternate Marquee

It scrolls the text from right to left and goes back left to right.

  1. <marquee width=“100%” behavior=“alternate” bgcolor=“pink”>
  2. This is an example of a alternate marquee…
  3. </marquee>

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This is an example of a alternate marquee…

Direction in HTML marquee

This is used to change the direction of scrolling text. Let’s take an example of marquee scrolling to the right. The direction can be left, right, up and down.

  1. <marquee width=“100%” direction=“right”>
  2.  This is an example of a right direction marquee…
  3. </marquee>

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This is an example of a right direction marquee…

Nested marquee example

  1. <marquee width=“400px” height=“100px” behavior=“alternate” style=“border:2px solid red”>
  2. <marquee behavior=“alternate”>
  3. Nested marquee…
  4. </marquee>
  5. </marquee>

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Nested marquee…

Disadvantages HTML marquee

1) Marquee may be distracting because human eyes are attracted towards movement and marquee text constantly.

2) Since Marquee text moves, so it is more difficult to click static text, depending on the scrolling speed.

3) It is a non-standard HTML element.

4) It draws user’s attention needlessly and makes the text harder to read.