HTML <cite> tag

Updated: 08/02/2020 by Computer Hope
HTML cite tag

When writing in HTML, the <cite> tag is an inline element used to mention any creative work. Useful from books to paintings, the <cite> tag requires that when you designate the URL or title of the work. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of it in use, and related attributes and browser compatibility.


This element is unique in that it is a phrase tag, which indicates that a section of text has structural meaning.

Example of <cite> code

<p>Michelangelo sculpted <cite>David</cite> between 1501 and 1504.</p>

Example result

Michelangelo sculpted David between 1501 and 1504.


Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair. While the <cite> tag does not have any unique attributes, it does utilize all of the standard attributes.


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Additional phrase tags

<blockquote>, Browser, Cite, Compatibility, Container tag, URL, Web design terms