var (HTML element)

Spec
Depr. Empty Version
No No HTML 2
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

<var>
</var>

Description

The var element is used to indicate that the text is a variable and shouldn’t be taken literally. Instead, it’s a placeholder where the contents should be replaced with your own value.

The example code would render as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. An example usage of var Example of var element

Example

The following example shows a typical instruction about how to use a telephone system:

<p>To forward incoming calls to another extension, press 
<kbd>* 21 * <var>extension</var> #</kbd>.</p>

Use This For …

This element is used to indicate that the phrase is a variable of some kind—most likely in the context of showing an example value, as illustrated in the example HTML above.

Compatibility

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The var has good browser support; with all of the major browsers rendering the variable text in italics (similar to other reference-type phrase elements, such as cite and dfn).

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