The del element indicates text that has been deleted from the document.
Besides the global attributes the following attributes are supported:
- The cite attribute may be used to specify the address of a document that explains the change. When that document is long (e.g. the minutes of a meeting) authors are encouraged to include a fragment identifier pointing to the specific part of that document that discusses the change.
- The datetime attribute may be used to specify the time and date of the change. If present, it must be a valid date string with optional time.
This example uses the
<del>' element to mark deleted text.
<p>This text existed in the document when it was written and persists. <del datetime="1997-10-01T12:15:30-05:00">This text was deleted on 1 October 1997.</del></p>
This example uses
<del> elements to explain changes in a document
<p>I <del>am</del><ins>was</ins> on vacation in <del>France</del><ins>Italy</ins>.</p> <p> <del>It is supposed to be sunny and hot.</del> <ins>It rained in France so we decided to go to Italy instead.</ins> </p>
The default behavior of the del element is as a phrasing-level element, but it can be wrapped around any element within the body.
The default browser display of del is struck-through (with a line through the vertical middle of the text).
If you want to strike-through text, but the word or phrase in question is not a deletion, you should use the CSS rule text-decoration: strikethrough on the appropriate element enclosing the text.
While s and del appear to perform the same function—marking obsolete content—they differ in semantics. The del element marks text that has been removed from the document, but s marks text that is to be kept in the document, but is no longer accurate.
For Internet Explorer 8 and later the value of the cite attribute depends on the current document compatibility mode.
Microsoft Developer Network: [Windows Internet Explorer API reference Article]