This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The HTML <strike> element (or HTML Strikethrough Element) places a strikethrough (horizontal line) over text.

Usage note: This element is deprecated in HTML 4 and XHTML 1, and obsoleted in HTML5. If semantically appropriate, i.e., if it represents deleted content, use <del> instead. In all other cases use <s>.

DOM interface HTMLElement


This element includes the global attributes.


&lt;strike&gt;:	<strike>Today's Special: Salmon</strike> SOLD OUT<br />
&lt;s&gt;:	<s>Today's Special: Salmon</s> SOLD OUT

The result of this code is:


Specification Status Comment
The definition of '<strike>' in that specification.
Recommendation Make obsolete in favor of <del> and <s>.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<strike>' in that specification.
Recommendation Make deprecated in favor of <del> and <s>.

Browser compatibility

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See also

  • The <s> element.
  • The <del> element should be used if the data has been deleted.
  • The CSS text-decoration property can be used to style text with a strikethrough.