The HTML <q> element indicates that the enclosed text is a short inline quotation. 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.
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.


HTML Content

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


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG 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

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

See also