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    Summary

    The HTML <i> Element represents a range of text that is set off from the normal text for some reason, for example, technical terms, foreign language phrases, or fictional character thoughts. It is typically displayed in italic type.

    Attributes

    This element only includes the global attributes.

    Example

    <p>The Latin phrase <i>Veni, vidi, vici</i> is often mentioned in music, art, and literature</p>
    

    Result

    The Latin phrase Veni, vidi, vici is often mentioned in music, art, and literature

    Notes

    In earlier versions of the HTML specification, the <i> tag was merely a presentational element used to display text in italics, much like the <b> tag was used to display text in bold letters. This is no longer true, as these tags now define semantics rather than typographic appearance. The <i> tag should represent a range of text with a different semantic meaning whose typical typographic representation is italicized.  This means a browser will typically still display its contents in italic type, but is, by definition, no longer required to.

    Use this element only when there is not a more appropriate semantic element. For example:

    • Use <em> to indicate emphasis or stress.
    • Use <strong> to indicate importance.
    • Use <mark> to indicate relevance.
    • Use <cite> to mark the name of a work, such as a book, play, or song.
    • Use <dfn> to mark the defining instance of a term.

    It is a good idea to use the class attribute to identify why the element is being used, so that if the presentation needs to change at a later date, it can be done selectively with style sheets.

    Specifications

    Specification Status Comment
    WHATWG HTML Living Standard Living Standard  
    HTML5 Candidate Recommendation  
    HTML 4.01 Specification Recommendation  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 1.0 (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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