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HTML <i> Tag

The <i> tag is used to define a part of the text in a different voice. The text placed within the <i> tag is usually displayed in italic. This tag is used to define technical terms, phrases from foreign languages, etc.

The <i> tag is an element of a physical markup, that is, the embedded text differs only visually and is not perceived as important by browsers and search engines.

If you want to highlight the important text then instead of the <i> tag, use the semantic markup tag <em>.


The <i> tag comes in pairs, so the closing tag is required.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <p>Before the end of the week <i>it is vital to</i> finish all the work.</p>



The <i> tag supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <i> tag

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <i> tag:?

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick. CSS text-transform Property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style

Coloring text in <i> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <i> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signaled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <i> tag

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