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HTML <i> Tag

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The <i> (short for italic) element rendered the enclosed text in an italic (slanted) typeface.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Inline
Content: Inline and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, 5

Note: Unlike <em>, the <i> element simply sets the font to italics, it doesn't offer semantic meaning about the text it contains. The <i> element should, therefore, be used only as a last resort when no other element is more appropriate.


The basic syntax of the <i> tag is given with:

HTML / XHTML: <i> ... </i>

The example below shows the <i> tag in action.

<p>Here is some <i>italic</i> text.</p>
<p>Here is some <i>more italic</i> text.</p>

Tag-Specific Attributes

The <i> tag doesn't have any specific attribute.

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <i> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <i> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.

Browser Compatibility

The <i> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 2+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 2.1+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Text Formatting.

Related tag: <em>.

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