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<q> (Quote)

This element indicates that the enclosed text is a short inline quotation.

Standard Syntax

cite="url of source"
class="class name(s)"
dir="ltr | rtl"
id="unique alphanumeric string"
lang="language code"
style="style information"
title="advisory text">

Attributes Defined by Internet Explorer

contenteditable="false | true | inherit"(5.5)
disabled="false | true"(5.5)
hidefocus="true | false"(5.5)
language="javascript | jscipt | vbs | vbscript"(4)

Standard Event Attributes

onclick, ondblclick, onkeydown, onkeypress, onkeyup, onmousedown, onmouseomove, onmouseout, onmouseover, onmouseup

Events Defined by Internet Explorer

onactivate, onbeforedeactivate, onbeforeeditfocus, onblur, oncontrolselect, ondeactivate, ondrag, ondragend, ondragenter, ondragleave, ondragover, ondragstart, ondrop, onfocus, onmouseenter, onmouseleave, onmove, onmoveend, onmovestart, onreadystatechange, onresizeend, onresizestart, onselectstart, ontimeerro

Element Specific Attributes


The value of this attribute is a URL that designates a source document or message for the information quoted. This attribute is intended to point to information explaining the context or the reference for the quote.


<q style="color: green">A few green balls and a rainbow bar will give you an exciting Web page Christmas Tree!</q>


HTML 4, 4.01
XHTML 1.0, 1.1, Basic
Internet Explorer 4, 5, 5.5, 6
Netscape 6, 7
Opera 4-7


This element is intended for short quotations that don't require paragraph breaks, as compared to text that would be contained within <blockquote>.

Some browsers, like Internet Explorer, may not make any sort of style change for quotations, but it is possible to apply a style rule.

Most modern standards-aware browsers, like Mozilla, Opera, and Safari, should add quotes around text enclosed within the q element.

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