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The <q> Element


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Inline Text Semantics

The <q> element represents phrasing content that is quoted from another source. NOTE: Quotation punctuation is automatically inserted by the user agent, so don't include it in the contents of the element.

Attributes for <q>
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'Standard' Attributes"cite"


  • The use of <q> elements to markup quotations is entirely optional; using explicit quotation punctuation (without <q> elements) is just as correct.

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Accessibility Information & Tips

  • Use semantic markup elements like <em>, <strong>, <cite>, <blockquote>, <q>, <quote>, <sub>, and <sup> when appropriate. Use <em> and <strong> to indicate structural emphasis, use <blockquote> for long quotations which may require paragraph breaks, use <q> for short inline quotations, and use <sub> and <sup> for subscripts and superscripts. Visit https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H49 for more information.

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