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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 >

Definition and Usage

The <del> tag defines text that has been deleted from a document. Browsers will usually strike a line through deleted text.

Tips and Notes

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

Browser Support

<del> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


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

Global Attributes

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

Event Attributes

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

More Examples


Use CSS to style <del> and <ins>:

<head >
del { background-color: tomato ; }
ins {background-color: yellow; }
<body >

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

</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;