HTML i tag


Description:

The HTML i tag makes its content rendered in italic font style. The <i> tag defines a part of text in an alternate voice or mood. The content of the <i> tag is usually displayed in italic. The presentational nature of this element makes it a good candidate for deprecation in future versions of HTML, so the general recomendation is to stop using it.
Good replacements for this element are: the "font-style" property in CSS (only visual) and the HTML em element, which gives its content emphasis and is usually rendered by browsers in italic font style.

Note, that there's a big difference between these two methods: the first one doesn't provide semantic information.

Note:

Use the <i> element only when there is not a more appropriate semantic element, such as:

  • <em> (emphasized text)
  • <strong> (important text)
  • <mark> (marked/highlighted text)
  • <cite> (the title of a work)
  • <dfn> (a definition term)

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5:

In HTML 4.01, the <i> tag was used to render text in italics. However, this is not necessarily the case with HTML5. Style sheets can be used to format the text inside the <i> element.

Examples:

Code View
A piece in this text is rendered in <i>italic font style</i>. A piece in this text is rendered in italic font style.

 

Standard Attributes for this element:

Attribute

Description

class Document wide identifier
dir Specifies the direction of the text
id Document wide identifier
title Specifies a title to associate with the element.
style Helps to include inline casecadubf style sheet.
lang Sets the language code.

Event Attributes:

Attribute

Description

onclick Script runs when a mouse click
ondblclick Script runs when a mouse double-click
onmousedown Script runs when mouse button is pressed
onmouseup Script runs when mouse button is released
onmouseover Script runs when mouse pointer moves over an element
onmousemove Script runs when mouse pointer moves
onmouseout Script runs when mouse pointer moves out of an element
onkeypress Script runs when key is pressed and released
onkeydown Script runs when key is pressed
onkeyup Script runs when key is released
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