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Html cite tag

Text enclosed in <cite> tags is intended to represent the title of a work (e.g. a book, a paper, an essay, a poem, a score, a song, a script, a film, a TV show, a game, a sculpture, a painting, a theatre production, a play, an opera, a musical, an exhibition, etc).


The <cite> tag is written as <cite></cite> with the citation inserted between the start and end tags.

Title of a Work

In this example, we use the <cite> element to cite the title of a piece of work that contains the quote. We use the <blockquote> tag to present the quote, and the <cite> tag to provide the source.

Author's Name

You can include the name of the author (whether it be a person, people, or organization) in your <cite> tag.

In this example we use the <q> tag to provide the quote, and the <cite> to provide the name of the author.

Important Note: This option is only supported in HTML5 (i.e. the W3C version of HTML). The HTML Living Standard (WHATWG) does not allow people's names to be included in the <cite> tag.


The <cite> tag can also contain a URL reference for the quote.

Differences Between HTML 4 & HTML 5


However, there is a difference between HTML5 (W3C) and the HTML Living Standard (WHATWG). The HTML5 specification allows the <cite> element to contain the name of a person. The HTML Living Standard however, specifically states that the tag must not be used to mark up people's names.

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