HTML <strike> Tag

The <strike> tag is used to define a strikethrough text.

The <strike> element is a deprecated HTML tag and not supported in HTML5. Use <del>, <s> or CSS styles instead.

For creating a strikethrough, you can also use the CSS text-decoration:line-through; with the <style> tag.

CSS is great for styling, but it doesn’t provide the meaning of your content exactly. That’s why it’s better to use HTML semantic tags.

Both the <s> and <del> tags are strikethroughs, but they convey different meanings about the content. The <s> tag is used if you want to represent something that isn’t accurate or relevant anymore. You shouldn’t use it for indicating document edits. If you want to indicate something that is removed from the document, use <del> .


The <strike> tag comes in pairs. The content is written between the opening (<strike>) and closing (</strike>) tags.

Example of the HTML <strike> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <p><strike>I am studying at the school.</strike></p>
    <p>I am studying at the university.</p>


strike exemple

How to style <strike> tag?

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

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