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HTML time Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 15, 2019

HTML time: Main Tips

  • The HTML time tag is used to represent time.
  • You can define time in a time duration, an exact time on a 24-hour clock, or an exact date in the Gregorian calendar.
  • You must use both opening and closing tags.

Using the time Tag

The HTML time tag defines a specific time:

Example
<h2>The premiere show starts at <time>21:00</time> today.</h2>

It should not be used when a particular date is:

  • impossible to calculate
  • earlier than the introduction of Gregorian calendar

The datetime Attribute

The content of HTML time tag can also be made machine readable by using the datetime attribute:

Example
<h2>The premiere show starts at <time datetime="2017-07-07T21:00:00Z">21:00</time> coming Friday.</h2>

The datetime attribute value can be a representation of a time duration or a Gregorian calendar date. It allows browsers and search engines to provide a better user experience.

Browser support

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Chrome
62+
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Edge
All
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Firefox
22+
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IE
-
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Opera
49+
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Safari
7+

Mobile browser support

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Chrome
62+
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Firefox
22+
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Opera
46+
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Safari
4+