The HTML <dt> element (or HTML Description Term Element) identifies a term in a description list. This element can occur only as a child element of a <dl>. It is usually followed by a <dd> element; however, multiple <dt> elements in a row indicate several terms that are all defined by the immediate next <dd> element.

Content categories None.
Permitted content Flow content, but with no <header>, <footer>, sectioning content or heading content descendants.
Tag omission Must have a start tag. The end tag may be omitted if this element is immediately followed by another <dd> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parent elements Before a <dt> or a <dd> element, inside a <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML) a <div> that is inside a <dl>.
DOM interface HTMLElement Up to Gecko 1.9.2 (Firefox 4) inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

Example

For example see description list.

Specifications

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

See also

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