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HTML <em> Tag


Mark up emphasized text in a document:

<p>You <em>have</em> to hurry up!</p>

<p>We <em>cannot</em> live like this.</p>
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Definition and Usage

The <em> tag is used to define emphasized text. The content inside is typically displayed in italic.

A screen reader will pronounce the words in <em> with an emphasis, using verbal stress.

Browser Support

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Global Attributes

The <em> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <em> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting

HTML DOM reference: Emphasized Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <em> element with the following default values:


em {
  font-style: italic;
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