The HTML <del> element represents a range of text that has been deleted from a document. This element is often (but need not be) rendered with strike-through text.

Content categories Phrasing content or flow content.
Permitted content Transparent.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLModElement


This element's attributes include the global attributes.

A URI for a resource that explains the change (for example, meeting minutes).
This attribute indicates the time and date of the change and must be a valid date string with an optional time. If the value cannot be parsed as a date with an optional time string, the element does not have an associated time stamp.


<p><del>This text has been deleted</del>,
here is the rest of the paragraph.</p>
<del><p>This paragraph has been deleted.</p></del>


This text has been deleted, here is the rest of the paragraph.

This paragraph has been deleted.


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<del>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<del>' in that specification.
HTML 4.01 Specification
The definition of '<del>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

  • <ins> element for insertions into a text
  • <s> element for strikethrough separate from representing deletion of text

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