What is the I HTML element? ie idiomatic tag, italicized type


The i element represents an inline parenthetical text.

These texts have been presented historically using italicized type.

That's why:

  • the element name is i
  • the default style is Italic

If you want to raise your voice (ie give more importance to a word), use the emphasis (em) element


  • alternate voice,
  • mood,
  • idiomatic text,
  • technical terms,
  • taxonomical designations


The i element is a phrasing-level element.

It must not contain block-level elements, but it can contain other phrasing-level elements.

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