var Tag in HTML


Define some text as variables in a document:

<p>The area of a triangle is: 1/2 x <var>b</var> x <var>h</var>, where <var>b</var> is the base, and <var>h</var> is the vertical height.</p>


The var element

The area of a triangle is: 1/2 x b x h, where b is the base, and h is the vertical height.

Definition and Usage

The <var> tag is used to defines a variable in programming or in a mathematical expression. The content inside is typically displayed in italic.

Tip: This tag is not deprecated. However, it is possible to achieve richer effect by using CSS.

Also look at:

Tag Description
<code> Defines a piece of computer code
<samp> Defines sample output from a computer program
<kbd> Defines keyboard input
<pre> Defines preformatted text


Global Attributes

The <var> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <var> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting

HTML DOM reference: Variable Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <var> element with the following default values:


var {
  font-style: italic;


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