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HTML <em> <strong> <dfn> <code> <samp> <kbd> <var> Tags


Example

Format text in a document:

<em>Emphasized text</em>
<strong>Strong text</strong>
<dfn>Definition term</dfn>
<code>A piece of computer code</code>
<samp>Sample output from a computer program</samp>
<kbd>Keyboard input</kbd>
<var>Variable</var>

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Browser Support

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The <em>, <strong>, <dfn>, <code>, <samp>, <kbd>, and <var> tags are supported in all major browsers.


Definition and Usage

The <em>, <strong>, <dfn>, <code>, <samp>, <kbd>, and <var> 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 a piece of computer code
<samp> Defines sample output from a computer program
<kbd> Defines keyboard input
<var> Defines a variable


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

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


Global Attributes

The <em>, <strong>, <dfn>, <code>, <samp>, <kbd>, and <var> tags also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

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


Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting



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