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Using <var> Tag for HTML Variables

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 2, 2019

HTML var Tag: Main Tips

  • By using the var tag, you can mark HTML variables in the context of programming or maths.
  • The exact display depends on the browser. In most cases, the symbols appear in italicized font.
  • The var HTML tag supports all global attributes.

Using var in HTML

The <var> tag represents HTML variables in the text. You must include both starting and ending tags:

Example
<p>Einstein's best known equation goes like this:
<var>E</var> = <var>mc</var><sup>2</sup></p>

This tag is used in similar context as <code>, <samp> and <kbd>.

Note: if you need italicized font in other contexts and not for HTML variables, use <i> or <em> tags.

Browser support

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Chrome
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Edge
All
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Firefox
1+
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IE
All
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Opera
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Safari
All

Mobile browser support

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Chrome
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Firefox
4+
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Opera
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Safari
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