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background attribute | background property

Sets or retrieves the background picture tiled behind the text and graphics on the page.



HTML<element background="p" ... >

p = object.background


Property values

Type: String

the URL of the file to use as the background picture for the page.

Standards information


This property is deprecated in favor of the background-image attribute of CSS.

Windows Internet Explorer 8 or later. In IE8 Standards mode, the value of the background attribute depends on the context of the reference to the attribute. When read as a Document Object Model (DOM) attribute, background returns an absolute URL. The value specified by the page author is returned when background is read as a content attribute, when the page is displayed in an earlier document compatibility mode, or when the page is viewed with an earlier version of the browser. For more information, see Attribute Differences in Internet Explorer 8.

See also

Defining Document Compatibility