Learning HTML 3.2 by Examples, section 5 Descriptions of HTML 3.2 tags:

EM - emphasis


To emphasize.

Typical rendering

In italics. If this is impossible, a browser might use e.g. underlining (Lynx does so). See general notes on rendering markup.

Basic syntax


Possible attributes


Allowed context

Text container, i.e. any element that may contain text elements. This includes most HTML elements. In particular, text elements can be nested.


Text elements. Notice that this disallows e.g. paragraph breaks.


Example EM-1.html:

The EM element is <EM>logical</EM> markup as opposite to
<EM>physical</EM> markup such as the I element.


Avoid emphasizing too much; emphasizing everything is tantamount to not emphasizing anything.

You can use STRONG for stronger emphasis.

See also general remarks on phrase elements.

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