Updated: July 27, 2021

Formatted Text



The formatted text control displays HTML text. You can format the text using HTML tags or embed formatted text.


When to Use

Use the formatted text control to:

  • Embed formatted HTML text.
  • Display longer texts, such as descriptions, legal texts, or manuals.
  • Display simple lists with bullet points or numbers.
  • Display code.

Do not use the formatted text control to:

  • Display In-app help or explanations on how to use your app. Use the Web Assistant instead.
  • Display a simple and short text. Use the text control instead.
  • Display a semantically-colored text or a status. Use the object status instead
  • Display an object name with or brief additional information. Use the object identifier instead.
  • Display a number or sum. Use the object number instead.
  • Display a currency. Use the currency control instead.
  • Display a label. Use the label control instead.
  • Display a single headline. Use the title control instead.
  • Let the user to type in longer texts and format them. Use the rich text editor instead.


By default, the control uses the standard font and headlines. It supports the following HTML tags:

Text Styling

HTML Tag Effect
a Link or anchor
abbr Abbreviation
blockquote Quote
cite Short quote
code Code style
em Italic text
pre Preformatted text
strong Bold text


HTML Tag Effect
dl Description list
dt Description term
(of a description list)
ul Unordered list
ol Ordered list
li List item
(of an unordered or ordered list)


HTML Tag Effect
br New line
h1-h6 Headlines 1-6
p Paragraph
span Generic inline container

Behavior and Interaction

The formatted text control itself is not interactive. However, it can contain interactive elements, such as links and anchors.


The text automatically adapts to the screen size unless you set a fixed width and/or height.


Here are some examples that use the various HTML tags.

Formatted text - Numbered List
Formatted text - Numbered List
Formatted text - Bulleted list
Formatted text - Bulleted list
Formatted text with code
Formatted text with code
Formatted text - Quote
Formatted text - Quote

Top Tips

  • Use the different styling options carefully and not for decoration only.
  • Consider accessibility, such as color contrast.
  • SAP Fiori uses theming. Be aware that if you make custom changes to the HTML (such as changing colors), you need to take care of the theming part as well.

Related Topics

Elements and Controls