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Summary

The HTML Deleted Text Element (<del>) represents a range of text that has been deleted from a document. This element is often (but need not be) rendered with strike-through text.

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

Attributes

This element includes 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 with an optional time string. 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
WHATWG 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

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

  • <ins> element for insertions into a text

Document Tags and Contributors

 Last updated by: Sebastianz,