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HTML cite Attribute


Definition and Usage

The cite attribute specifies a URL to a document that explains the quote, or why the text was inserted/changed.


Applies to

The cite attribute can be used on the following elements:

Elements Attribute
<blockquote> cite
<del> cite
<ins> cite
<q> cite

Examples

Blockquote Example

A section that is quoted from another source:

<blockquote cite="http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/index.html">
For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The world's leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
</blockquote>
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Del Example

A deleted text, with a URL to a document that explains why the text was deleted:

<p><del cite="del_demo_cite.htm">This text has been deleted</del></p>
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Ins Example

An inserted text, with a URL to a document that explains why the text was inserted:

<p>This is a text.
<ins cite="why_inserted.htm">This is an inserted text.</ins></p>
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Q Example

Specify the source URL of a quote:

<p>WWF's goal is to:
<q cite="http://www.wwf.org">
Build a future where people live in harmony with nature.</q>
We hope they succeed.</p>
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Browser Support

The cite attribute has the following browser support for each element:

Element
blockquote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
del Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ins Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
q Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes