HTML 5 <i> Tag

The HTML <i> tag is used for specifying text in an alternate voice or mood, or otherwise offset from the normal prose.

In earlier versions of HTML, the <i> tag was typically used solely for rendering text in italics, however, this is not necessarily the case with HTML 5. Style sheets can be used to format this text (just like any other element).

To markup text with stress emphasis, you should use the HTML <em> tag.

To style text in italics, you should use the CSS font-style property.



HTML tags can contain one or more attributes. Attributes are added to a tag to provide the browser with more information about how the tag should appear or behave. Attributes consist of a name and a value separated by an equals (=) sign, with the value surrounded by double quotes. Here's an example, style="color:black;".

There are 3 kinds of attributes that you can add to your HTML tags: Element-specific, global, and event handler content attributes.

The attributes that you can add to this tag are listed below.

Element-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to this tag/element.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML 5 tags (although the tabindex attribute does not apply to dialog elements).

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

Event Handler Content Attributes

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.

For a full list of event handlers, see HTML 5 event handler content attributes.