The "u" Element

The "u" element represents a span of text with an unarticulated, though explicitly rendered, non-textual annotation, such as labeling the text as being misspelled. The default rendering for "u" is an underline.

Attributes for "u"
TypeAttribute List
'Standard' Attributes"is"
New HTML 5.2 Attributes"slot"


  • Other elements like "em" for stress emphasis, "b" or "mark" for marking key words or phrases (depending on the context), "strong" for importance, "cite" for book titles (or other titles), or "i" may convey a more appropriate semantic meaning than "u".

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Accessibility Information & Tips

  • Avoid using "u" where it may result in underlined text being confused with hyperlinked text (which is also underlined).

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