HTML <s> Tag

The HTML <s> tag represents text that is no longer accurate or no longer relevant.

Browsers usually render <s> text with a line through the middle. This resembles text that has been "crossed out" due to it being no longer accurate or relevant.


The <s> tag is written as <s></s> with the irrelevant/inaccurate text inserted between the start and end tags.

Like this:


Basic tag usage

Not for Document Edits

The <s> tag should not be used to represent document edits. To mark text as having been removed from a document, use the <del> tag.


Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.

The <s> element accepts the following attributes.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <s> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handlers

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.

For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes.