search engine optimization articles do it yourself seo hiring search engine experts html and search engine optimization web site analysis and submission service

HTML EM Tag Tutorial

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Safari Chrome

The em tag is used to add emphasis to a word or phrase. The emphasized text is rendered in italics in most browsers.

You may wonder why there is an <em> and an <i> tag since both are displayed in italics.

Technically, the emphasis tag was meant to provide emphasis aurally for people surfing using screen readers, while the italics tag was meant to provide emphasis visually.

A word stressed with an emphasis tag should be stressed aloud by the screen reader software, but a word stressed with the italics tag won't necessarily be stressed by screen readers.

Here's an example of usage:

Can you see <em>which</em> word is emphasized?

That sample looks like this on a web page:

Can you see which word is emphasized?

Based on your interest in this tutorial you may also be interested in:

This concludes the HTML Emphasis Tag Tutorial.
Back | HTML Tag Chart | HTML Index | Web Design Tutorials
search engine optimization course
If you want your web site to rank high in the search engines . . . what are you going to do to get it there? Check out my search engine optmization guide, SEO for YOU: Search Engine Optimization for Ordinary Everyday People!

Check out SEO for YOU now!

Almost a Newsletter

Subscribe today for exclusive website design tutorials and grab some free gifts to boot! Learn more, or subcribe below:

First Name:

Privacy Policy

Did you know...

The member's site has about 100 standards compliant HTML and CSS tutorials, 31 handy reference charts, reprintable content, web graphics, exclusive fonts, free software, free ebooks and more? All this for less than 9 cents a day! [ Details ]
See my fancy bottom! :)