Tutorials References Exercises Sign Up Menu
Create Website Get Certified Pro

HTML Tutorial

HTML HOME HTML Introduction HTML Editors HTML Basic HTML Elements HTML Attributes HTML Headings HTML Paragraphs HTML Styles HTML Formatting HTML Quotations HTML Comments HTML Colors HTML CSS HTML Links HTML Images HTML Favicon HTML Tables HTML Lists HTML Block & Inline HTML Classes HTML Id HTML Iframes HTML JavaScript HTML File Paths HTML Head HTML Layout HTML Responsive HTML Computercode HTML Semantics HTML Style Guide HTML Entities HTML Symbols HTML Emojis HTML Charset HTML URL Encode HTML vs. XHTML

HTML Forms

HTML Forms HTML Form Attributes HTML Form Elements HTML Input Types HTML Input Attributes HTML Input Form Attributes

HTML Graphics

HTML Canvas HTML SVG

HTML Media

HTML Media HTML Video HTML Audio HTML Plug-ins HTML YouTube

HTML APIs

HTML Geolocation HTML Drag/Drop HTML Web Storage HTML Web Workers HTML SSE

HTML Examples

HTML Examples HTML Editor HTML Quiz HTML Exercises HTML Certificate HTML Summary HTML Accessibility

HTML References

HTML Tag List HTML Attributes HTML Global Attributes HTML Browser Support HTML Events HTML Colors HTML Canvas HTML Audio/Video HTML Doctypes HTML Character Sets HTML URL Encode HTML Lang Codes HTTP Messages HTTP Methods PX to EM Converter Keyboard Shortcuts

HTML Text Formatting


HTML contains several elements for defining text with a special meaning.


Example

This text is bold

This text is italic

This is subscript and superscript

Try it Yourself »

HTML Formatting Elements

Formatting elements were designed to display special types of text:

  • <b> - Bold text
  • <strong> - Important text
  • <i> - Italic text
  • <em> - Emphasized text
  • <mark> - Marked text
  • <small> - Smaller text
  • <del> - Deleted text
  • <ins> - Inserted text
  • <sub> - Subscript text
  • <sup> - Superscript text

HTML <b> and <strong> Elements

The HTML <b> element defines bold text, without any extra importance.

Example

<b>This text is bold</b>
Try it Yourself »

The HTML <strong> element defines text with strong importance. The content inside is typically displayed in bold.

Example

<strong>This text is important!</strong>
Try it Yourself »


HTML <i> and <em> Elements

The HTML <i> element defines a part of text in an alternate voice or mood. The content inside is typically displayed in italic.

Tip: The <i> tag is often used to indicate a technical term, a phrase from another language, a thought, a ship name, etc.

Example

<i>This text is italic</i>
Try it Yourself »

The HTML <em> element defines emphasized text. The content inside is typically displayed in italic.

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

Example

<em>This text is emphasized</em>
Try it Yourself »

HTML <small> Element

The HTML <small> element defines smaller text:

Example

<small>This is some smaller text.</small>
Try it Yourself »

HTML <mark> Element

The HTML <mark> element defines text that should be marked or highlighted:

Example

<p>Do not forget to buy <mark>milk</mark> today.</p>
Try it Yourself »

HTML <del> Element

The HTML <del> element defines text that has been deleted from a document. Browsers will usually strike a line through deleted text:

Example

<p>My favorite color is <del>blue</del> red.</p>
Try it Yourself »

HTML <ins> Element

The HTML <ins> element defines a text that has been inserted into a document. Browsers will usually underline inserted text:

Example

<p>My favorite color is <del>blue</del> <ins>red</ins>.</p>
Try it Yourself »

HTML <sub> Element

The HTML <sub> element defines subscript text. Subscript text appears half a character below the normal line, and is sometimes rendered in a smaller font. Subscript text can be used for chemical formulas, like H2O:

Example

<p>This is <sub>subscripted</sub> text.</p>
Try it Yourself »

HTML <sup> Element

The HTML <sup> element defines superscript text. Superscript text appears half a character above the normal line, and is sometimes rendered in a smaller font. Superscript text can be used for footnotes, like WWW[1]:

Example

<p>This is <sup>superscripted</sup> text.</p>
Try it Yourself »

HTML Exercises

Test Yourself With Exercises

Exercise:

Add extra importance to the word "degradation" in the paragraph below.

<p>
WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment.
</p>

Start the Exercise


HTML Text Formatting Elements

Tag Description
<b> Defines bold text
<em> Defines emphasized text 
<i> Defines a part of text in an alternate voice or mood
<small> Defines smaller text
<strong> Defines important text
<sub> Defines subscripted text
<sup> Defines superscripted text
<ins> Defines inserted text
<del> Defines deleted text
<mark> Defines marked/highlighted text

For a complete list of all available HTML tags, visit our HTML Tag Reference.