HTML Tables Table with thead, tbody, tfoot, and caption


HTML also provides the tables with the <thead>, <tbody>, <tfoot>, and <caption> elements. These additional elements are useful for adding semantic value to your tables and for providing a place for separate CSS styling.

When printing out a table that doesn't fit onto one (paper) page, most browsers repeat the contents of <thead> on every page.

There's a specific order that must be adhered to, and we should be aware that not every element falls into place as one would expect. The following example demonstrates how our 4 elements should be placed.

 <caption>Table Title</caption> <!--| caption is the first child of table |-->
  <thead> <!--======================| thead is after caption |-->
      <th>Header content 1</th> 
      <th>Header content 2</th>

  <tbody> <!--======================| tbody is after thead |-->
      <td>Body content 1</td>
      <td>Body content 2</td>
  <tfoot><!--| tfoot can be placed before or after tbody, but not in a group of tbody. |-->         <!--| Regardless where tfoot is in markup, it's rendered at the bottom. |-->                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
      <td>Footer content 1</td>
      <td>Footer content 2</td>


The following example's results are demonstrated twice--the first table lacks any styles, the second table has a few CSS properties applied: background-color, color, and border*. The styles are provided as a visual guide and is not an essential aspect of the topic at hand.

Table Example

Table Example

ElementStyles Applies
<caption>Yellow text on black background.
<thead>Bold text on purple background.
<tbody>Text on blue background.
<tfoot>Text on green background.
<th>Orange borders.
<td>Red borders.