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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.


HTML Cite Tag Definition


HTML Cite Tag Usage


HTML Cite Tag Examples