Horizontal Alignment (XHTML table model)


Sets the horizontal (line) alignment inside a table cell

See W3C documentation for the XHTML table model.


The align attribute is used in two different ways. 1) It specifies the horizontal alignment for the entire cell (such as “center” or “justify”. 2) It is used for aligning values in table cells on a particular character within the cell, commonly a decimal point. Alignment on a particular character requires that three attributes be set in the XML document:

  1. The align attribute value is set to the word “char”.
  2. The char attribute value is set to the actual character to use for the aligning, for example to align on a decimal point, the “.” character.
  3. The charoff attribute value is set to the percent of the current column width to be placed to the left of the (left edge of the) alignment character, for example, “30”.

Attribute Values

In Elements

<col> Table Column (XHTML table model); <colgroup> Table Column Group (XHTML table model); <tbody> Table Body (XHTML table model); <td> Table Data Cell (XHTML table model); <tfoot> Table Footer (XHTML table model); <th> Table Header Cell (XHTML table model); <thead> Table Header (XHTML table model); <tr> Table Row (XHTML table model)
Value Meaning
center Center the cell contents
char Align the text on the character identified with the char attribute
justify Fully justify cell contents (right and left justification)
left Left justify cell contents
right Right justify cell contents
Restriction: This attribute may be specified if the element is used.