The <del> represents a range of text that has been deleted from a document. This can be used when rendering "track changes" or source code diff information, for example. The <ins> element can be used for the opposite purpose: to indicate text that has been added to the document.

This element is often (but need not be) rendered by applying a strike-through style to the 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.


Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
cite Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
datetime Yes Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes
Feature Android webview Chrome for Android Edge mobile Firefox for Android IE mobile Opera Android iOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes 4 Yes Yes Yes
cite Yes Yes Yes 4 Yes Yes Yes
datetime Yes Yes Yes 4 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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