HTML5 <em> <strong> <dfn> <code> <samp> <kbd> <var> <cite> Tags


Format text in a document:

<em>Emphasized text</em>
<strong>Strong text</strong>
<dfn>Definition term</dfn>
<code>Computer code text</code>
<samp>Sample computer code text</samp>
<kbd>Keyboard text</kbd>
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Definition and Usage

The <em>, <strong>, <dfn>, <code>, <samp>, <kbd>, <var>, and <cite> tags are all phrase tags. They are not deprecated, but it is possible to achieve richer effect with CSS.

Tag Description
<em> Renders as emphasized text
<strong> Defines important text
<dfn> Defines a definition term
<code> Defines computer code text
<samp> Defines sample computer code
<kbd> Defines keyboard text
<var> Defines a variable
<cite> Defines a citation

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

In HTML 4.01, the <strong> tag defined strong emphasized text, but in HTML5 it defines important text.

Standard Attributes

The <em>, <strong>, <dfn>, <code>, <samp>, <kbd>, <var>, and <cite> tags also supports the Standard Attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <em>, <strong>, <dfn>, <code>, <samp>, <kbd>, <var>, and <cite> tags also supports the Event Attributes in HTML5.

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