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Html em tag

The <em> (short for emphasis) tag is used to emphasize the text content.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Inline
Content: Inline and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, 5


Difference between <em><cite> and <i> tag

  • Typically all these tags are displayed in italic type, but carries different meaning. The <em> and <cite> tag provides semantic meaning about the text it contains, but <i> tag don't add any semantic meaning.

  • The <em> tag signifies emphasized content, whereas the <cite> tag indicates a citation or reference to another source. This differentiates <em> and <cite> from the <i> tag, which simply sets the font to italics.


The basic syntax of the <em> tag is given with:

HTML / XHTML: <em> ... </em>

The example below shows the <em> tag in action.


<p>This is an <em>important point</em> to consider.</p&gt
<p>This is one more <em>important point</em> to consider.</p>



HTML Em Tag Definition


HTML Em Tag Usage


HTML Em Tag Examples