HTML <q> Tag

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The <q> tag defines a short inline quotation. It differs from <blockquote>, which is a block-level element used for longer quotations.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Block
Content: Block, inline, and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 4, 4.01, 5

Note: The <q> tag is intended for short quotations (inline-level content) that don't require paragraph breaks, for long quotations (block-level content) use the <blockquote> tag instead.


The basic syntax of the <q> tag is given with:

HTML / XHTML: <q cite="URL"> ... </q>

The example below shows the <q> tag in action.

<p>John said, <q>He loves Star Wars movies.</q></p>

Tag-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <q> tag.

Attribute Value Description
cite URL Specifies the URL that designates a source document or message for the information quoted.

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <q> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.

Event Attributes

The <q> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.

Browser Compatibility

The <q> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 4+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 4+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Text Formatting.

Related tag: <blockquote>.

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