HTML italics - how to use <i> tag

The HTML <i> tag is used to define content in italics. Note other tags like emphasize tag - <em> - may better serve the purpose. If text simply needs to be displayed in italics, CSS can be used to better serve the purpose.


The <i> tag supports the global and event attributes.


<i>some text in italics</i> <!--alternative--> <em>some text in italics</em> <!--css alternative--> <span style="font-style:italic">some text in italics</span>

Related HTML tags:

  • <em> - used to emphasize text
  • <cite> - used to display citation