dt (HTML element)

Spec
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Syntax

<dt>
</dt>

Description

The dt is the first part of the dt : dd pairing that constitutes an item in a definition list (dl). Note that it can’t contain any block-level elements—not even p or heading elements such as h1, h2, and so on. It can only contain text.

You can see the dt in the image below:

Figure 1. The example above as viewed in a browser dt element

You can follow multiple dt elements with a single description—for instance, in cases where you have two terms that mean exactly the same thing:

<dl>
  <dt>Sofa</dt>
  <dt>Settee</dt>
  <dd>a long upholstered seat with a back and arms, for two or more
      people</dd>
  ⋮
</dl>

Example

The example below shows the definition term being used to mark up the word “spam”:

<dl>
  <dt>Spam</dt>
  <dd>unsolicited email sent in the hope of increasing sales of
      some product, or simply for the purposes of annoying people</dd>
  ⋮
</dl>

Use This For …

The dt element is used to mark up a term of some kind. You can think of a word’s entry in a dictionary as a dt, the dd as the explanation of that word, and the book itself as the dl.

Compatibility

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