HTML <em> Tag.


Format text in a document :

<em>Emphasized text</em>
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Definition and Usage

The <em> tag is a phrase tag. It renders as emphasized text.

Tip : This tag is not deprecated, but it is possible to achieve richer effect with CSS.

All phrase tags :

Tag Description
Renders as emphasized text
Defines important text
Defines a piece of computer code
Defines sample output from a computer program
Defines keyboard input
Defines a variable

Browser Support

Element Chrome Internet Explorer Firefox Safari Opera
<em> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <em> element with the following default values :


em {
    font-style: italic;
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