The "q" Element


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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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  • 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 for more information.

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