HTML contains several elements for defining text with a special meaning.
This text is bold
This text is italic
This is subscript and superscript
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
<b> element defines bold text, without any extra importance.
<strong> element defines text with strong importance. The content inside is typically displayed in bold.
HTML <i> and <em> Elements
<i> element defines a part of text in an alternate voice or mood. The content inside is typically displayed in italic.
<i> tag is often used to indicate a technical term, a phrase from another language, a thought, a ship name, etc.
<i>This text is italic</i>
<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.
HTML <small> Element
<small> element defines smaller text:
HTML <mark> Element
<mark> element defines text that should be marked or highlighted:
HTML <del> Element
<del> element defines text that has been deleted from a document. Browsers will usually strike a line through deleted text:
HTML <ins> Element
<ins> element defines a text that has been inserted into a document. Browsers will usually underline inserted text:
HTML <sub> Element
<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:
HTML <sup> Element
<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: