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The HTML <address> element indicates that the enclosed HTML provides contact information for a person or people, or for an organization.

The contact information provided by an <address> element's contents can take whatever form is appropriate for the context, and may include any type of contact information is needed, such as physical address, URL, email address, phone number, social media handle, geographic coordinates, and so forth. It should include the name of the person, people, or organization to which the contact information refers.

<address> can be used in a variety of contexts, such as providing a business's contact information in the page header, or indicating the author of an article by including an <address> element within the <article>.

Content categories Flow content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content, but with no nested <address> element, no heading content (<hgroup>, <h1>, <h2>, <h3>, <h4>, <h5>, <h6>), no sectioning content (<article>, <aside>, <section>, <nav>), and no <header> or <footer> element.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts flow content, but always excluding <address> elements (according to the logical principle of symmetry, if <address> tag, as a parent, can not have nested <address> element, then the same <address> content can not have <address> tag as its parent).
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLElement Prior to Gecko 2.0 (Firefox 4), Gecko implemented this element using the HTMLSpanElement interface


This element only includes the global attributes.

Usage notes

  • To represent an arbitrary address, one that is not related to the contact information, use a <p> element rather than the <address> element.
  • This element should not contain more information than the contact information, like a publication date (which belongs in a <time> element).
  • Typically an <address> element can be placed inside the <footer> element of the current section, if any.


This example demonstrates the use of <address> to demarcate the contact information for an article's author.

    You can contact author at <a href="http://www.somedomain.com/contact">
    If you see any bugs, please <a href="mailto:webmaster@somedomain.com">
    contact webmaster</a>.<br>
    You may also want to visit us:<br>
    Mozilla Foundation<br>
    331 E Evelyn Ave<br>
    Mountain View, CA 94041<br>


Although it renders text with the same default styling as the <i> or <em> elements, it is more appropriate to use <address> when dealing with contact information, as it conveys additional semantic information.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<address>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<address>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<address>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes1
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?

See also