This element is also available in our updated HTML 4 reference. Some characteristics may have changed.
|Contents:||TT, I, B, U, STRIKE, BIG, SMALL, SUB, SUP, EM, STRONG, DFN, CODE, SAMP, KBD, VAR, CITE, A, APPLET, IMG, FONT, BASEFONT, BR, MAP, INPUT, SELECT, TEXTAREA and plain text.
|May occur in:||BODY, DIV, CENTER, BLOCKQUOTE, FORM, TH, TD, DT, DD, LI, P, H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, PRE, ADDRESS, TT, I, B, U, STRIKE, BIG, SMALL, SUB, SUP, EM, STRONG, DFN, CODE, SAMP, KBD, VAR, CITE, FONT, A, APPLET, CAPTION.
I is used to indicate that the enclosed text must be rendered in a italic (slanted) typeface. It must be rendered distinct from B-bold text.
You should use EM or CITE instead of I if you can. While they usually produce the same output, the I tag does not provide any reasons why the enclosed text is in italics. This means an indexer or text-only browser cannot pick a good alternative. With EM and CITE this is possible. The browser can now distinguish between emphasized text and citations and choose different methods to display them.
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