HTML <del> Tag


A text with a deleted part, and a new, inserted part:

<p>My favorite color is <del>blue</del> <ins>red</ins>!</p>

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Definition and Usage

The <del> tag defines text that has been deleted from a document.

Browser Support

<del> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Tips and Notes

Tip: Also look at the <ins> tag to markup inserted text.

Tip: Use <del> and <ins> to markup updates and modifications in a document. Browsers will normally strike a line through deleted text and underline inserted text.

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5



Attribute Value Description
cite URL Specifies a URL to a document that explains the reason why the text was deleted
datetime YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD Specifies the date and time of when the text was deleted

Global Attributes

The <del> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <del> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Del Object

Default CSS Settings

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


del {
    text-decoration: line-through;

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