<q>: The Inline Quotation element

The HTML <q> element indicates that the enclosed text is a short inline quotation. Most modern browsers implement this by surrounding the text in quotation marks. This element is intended for short quotations that don't require paragraph breaks; for long quotations use the <blockquote> element.

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Implicit ARIA role No corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLQuoteElement

Usage note: Most modern browsers will automatically add quotation marks around text inside a <q> element. A style rule may be needed to add quotation marks in older browsers.


This element includes the global attributes.

The value of this attribute is a URL that designates a source document or message for the information quoted. This attribute is intended to point to information explaining the context or the reference for the quote.


<p>According to Mozilla's website,
  cite="https://www.mozilla.org/about/history/details/">Firefox 1.0
  was released in 2004 and became a big success.</q></p>


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<q>' in that specification.
Living Standard
The definition of '<q>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<q>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
qChrome Full support YesEdge Full support 12Firefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yes


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See also