Inline elements are things like an italic tag, or a bold tag.


Why is it not an adjective? Doesn't it refer to the property of "element"?


Yes, you're right. The word "inline" may exist as a noun, but that example is of an adjective use.

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From the Wiktionary definition referenced in the question:

inline (plural inlines)
(web design, Cascading Style Sheets) An element that occurs within the flow of the text.
        Inline elements are things like an italic tag, or a bold tag.

Assuming that the dictionary definition is correct, and that inline can be a noun, you are parsing the example sentence incorrectly.

Consider these examples sentences:

The car park was full.
A rose bush was planted.
Several hot dog stands were opened.

In those example sentences, car, rose, and hot dog are nouns, not adjectives. They are being used attributively to modify the nouns that follow them.

The Wiktionary definition is defining inline as a noun, so in the example sentence it provides, inline is a noun, and, just like car, rose, and hot dog, it's being used attributively to modify elements:

Inline elements are things like an italic tag, or a bold tag.

However, it's a poor example of an example sentence because it's prone to confusion. Still, understandably, you are simply confusing the defined function of the word in its noun definition because its spelled identically to its adjectival counterpart.

Wiktionary could have picked a less confusing example sentence for its noun definition:

An inline can be an element such as an italic tag or a bold tag.

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