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HTML <q> Tag

The <q> tag is an inline element defining short quotes, that do not span multiple lines. To insert longer quotes, you should use block-level element <blockquote>.

Besides defining quotes, the <q> tag is also used to define words or phrases, used in a figurative sense.

Browsers generally surround the text inside the <q> tag with quotation marks, the appearance of which depends on an HTML document encoding and the browser. You can change the appearance of quotation marks with the help of CSS styles.

Syntax

The content is written between the opening (<q>) and the closing (</q>) tags.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>Bernard Show says:
      <q cite="https://www.wikiquote.org/">He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches.</q>
    </p>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
cite URL Indicates the quote source. The user cannot see this information.

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

How to style <q> tag

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


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