HTML <cite> (Citation) Tag

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<p>This example is taken from <cite> Wikipedia</cite>.</p>


The <cite> element indicates a citation from a book or other published source and usually is rendered in italics by a browser.

The W3C specification says that a reference to a creative work, as included within a <cite> element, may include the name of the work's author.

However, the WHATWG specification for <cite> says the opposite: that a person's name must never be included, under any circumstances.

To include a reference to the source of quoted material which is contained within a <blockquote> or <q> element, use the cite attribute on the element.

Typically, browsers style the contents of a <cite> element in italics by default.

Version: HTML 2, 3.2, 4, 4.01, 5

Standard Syntax


Browser Support


Global Attributes

<cite> element also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

<cite> element also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

By Default CSS Value(s)

Most of the browsers will display the <> element with the following by default value(s)

cite {
	font-style: italic;

Related Tags:

<a>, <abbr>, <b>, <bdi>, <bdo>, <br>, <code>, <data>, <dfn>, <em>, <i>, <kbd>, <mark>, <q>, <rp>, <rt>, <ruby>, <s>, <samp>, <small>, <span>, <strong>, <sub>, <sup>, <time>, <u>, <var> and <wbr>

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