del is an HTML tag that is used to specify deleted text in an HTML document. While seldom used, this tag is useful for pages that need editing, but also require that the original information still be displayed. While the tag usually renders text by placing a single line through it, the tag should not be used simply for this purpose. The tag is often used in conjunction with the ins (insert) tag.

See also: ins, s, strike


The del tag does not have any required HTML attributes. Nevertheless, it has numerous allowable attributes including:


To use the del tag, simply place opening and closing HTML tags around the text is to be specified as deleted. For example (used in conjunction with the ins tag):

The next blue moon will occur on <del>November 30, 2001</del> <ins>July 31, 2004</ins>.

On browsers that support this tag, this will typically cause the date "November 30, 2001" to have a horizontal line through it. Keep in mind that the purpose of this tag is to specify deleted text, not to put a line through the text. If you simply want to put a line through your text for any other reason, you should technically use Cascading Style Sheets, however there are also the deprecated s and strike tags that will do this as well.

Everything2 Support?

E2 does provide limited support for the delete tag. It does not allow the use of any of its HTML attributes. Below is how your browser displays the example above here on Everything2:

The next blue moon will occur on November 30, 2001 July 31, 2004.

If you would like to use this tag with any of its attributes, you can do so in your Notelet Nodelet.

Common Browser Implementations*

Most web browsers support this tag, as it has been around for several years. Most browsers will display the deleted text with a single line through it, but are not required to do so.

Previous HTML Tag: dd
Next HTML Tag: dfn (next E2 supported HTML tag: dl)
See Also: HTML tags and HTML attributes

* Please feel free to send me information about how other browsers implement this tag.