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dt – description list topic

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W3C Recommendation

dt

For technical reasons, the title of this article is not the text used to call this API. Instead, use dt

Summary

The <dt> element indicates a definition term within a definition list (<dl>).

A <dt> (topic) is usually followed by one or more <dd> (definition) elements. Several consecutive <dt> are attributed to the <dd> element that immediately follows the group.


Overview Table

DOM Interface HTMLDTElement
Permitted contents flow content, but with no header, footer, sectioning content, or heading content descendants.
Permitted parents dl.
Tag omission A <dl> element must have both a start tag and an end tag.

Examples

View live exampleThe example shows a simple definition list with two item/description pairs.

HTML

<dl>
  <dt>Coffee</dt>
  <dd>A popular hot drink.</dd>
  <dt>Coca Cola</dt>
  <dd>One of the leading brands of a popular cold fizzy drink.</dd>
</dl>

View live exampleThe example shows a definition list with a single item but multiple descriptions for that item.

HTML

<dl>
  <dt>Coffee</dt>
  <dd>A popular hot drink.</dd>
  <dd>A mid brown colour</dd>
  <dd>A common social invitation</dd>
</dl>

View live exampleThe example shows a definition list with a single description and multiple items fitting that description.

HTML

<dl>
  <dt>Coffee</dt>
  <dt>Tea</dt>
  <dt>Vimto (in the North of England)</dt>
  <dd>A popular hot drink.</dd>
</dl>

Typical browser default CSS properties for the <dt> element.

CSS

display: block;

Notes

The dt element itself, when used in a dl element, does not indicate that its contents are a term being defined, but this can be indicated using the dfn element.

While HTMLDTElement is the defined DOM interface for this element, most browsers currently use HTMLElement instead.


Related specifications

Specification Status Related Changes
HTML 4.01 W3C Recommendation
HTML 5.1 W3C Editor's Draft

Compatibility

Desktop

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

Mobile

Feature Android BlackBerry Chrome for mobile Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Opera Mini Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

See also

External resources

Attribution

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Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: [Windows Internet Explorer API reference Article]