The HTML <del> element represents a range of text that has been deleted from a document. This can be used when rendering "track changes" or source code diff information, for example. The <ins> element can be used for the opposite purpose: to indicate text that has been added to the document.

This element is often (but need not be) rendered by applying a strike-through style to the text.

Content categories Phrasing content or flow content.
Permitted content Transparent.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLModElement

Attributes

This element's attributes include the global attributes.

cite
A URI for a resource that explains the change (for example, meeting minutes).
datetime
This attribute indicates the time and date of the change and must be a valid date string with an optional time. If the value cannot be parsed as a date with an optional time string, the element does not have an associated time stamp.

Examples

<p><del>This text has been deleted</del>,
here is the rest of the paragraph.</p>
<del><p>This paragraph has been deleted.</p></del>

Result

This text has been deleted, here is the rest of the paragraph.

This paragraph has been deleted.

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<del>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML5
The definition of '<del>' in that specification.
Recommendation  
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<del>' in that specification.
Recommendation  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
cite Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
datetime Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
cite Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
datetime Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

See also

  • <ins> element for insertions into a text
  • <s> element for strikethrough separate from representing deletion of text

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