HTML Reference Guide
<SMALL> ... </SMALL> SMALL
This element applies a smaller size font formatting to text (in relation to the default font size.) It seems to be the HTML 3 answer to the FONT element (introduced by Netscape and Internet Explorer which runs counter to general HTML ideology of divorcing display details from content.) SMALL and its companion element BIG answer the needs of having alternate character level elements for controlling font size while also not being specific in HOW to display the contents (A virtual style element.) HTML 3.2 and 4.0, however, support both font size control mechanisms.