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    The HTML Variable Element (<var>) represents a variable in a mathematical expression or a programming context.

    Usage Context

    Permitted content Phrasing content
    Tag omission Both start and end tags are required
    Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts phrasing content.
    Normative document HTML, "The var element"


    This element only includes the global attributes.

    DOM Interface

    This element implements the HTMLElement interface.

    Implementation note: up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

    Typical default style properties

    var {
      font-style: italic; 


    <p> A simple equation: <var>x</var> = <var>y</var> + 2 </p>

    A simple equation: x = y + 2

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