<dt>: The Description Term element

The <dt> HTML element specifies a term in a description or definition list, and as such must be used inside a <dl> element. 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.

The subsequent <dd> (Description Details) element provides the definition or other related text associated with the term specified using <dt>.

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This element only includes the global attributes.


Technical summary

Content categories None.
Permitted content Flow content, but with no <header>, <footer>, sectioning content or heading content descendants.
Tag omission The start tag is required. The end tag may be omitted if this element is immediately followed by another <dt> element or a <dd> element, or if there is no more content in the parent element.
Permitted parents A <dl> or (in WHATWG HTML, W3C HTML 5.2 and later) a <div> that is a child of a <dl>.
This element can be used before a <dd> or another <dt> element.
Implicit ARIA role No corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles listitem
DOM interface HTMLElement Up to Gecko 1.9.2 (Firefox 4) inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.


HTML Standard
# the-dt-element

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