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The HTML <time> element represents either a time on a 24-hour clock or a precise date in the Gregorian calendar (with optional time and timezone information).

This element is intended to be used presenting dates and times in a machine readable format. This can be helpful for user agents to offer any event scheduling for user's calendar. 

Usage note: This element is not appropriate for instances where a specific date cannot be calculated, nor should it be used for dates prior to the introduction to the Gregorian calendar (due to complications with calculating those dates).
Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None; both the starting and ending tags are mandatory.
Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts phrasing content.
DOM interface HTMLTimeElement


Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes.

This attribute indicates the time and date of the element and must be a valid date with an optional time string. If the value cannot be parsed as a date with an optional time string, the element does not have an associated time stamp.


Simple example


<p>The concert starts at <time>20:00</time>.</p>


datetime example


<p>The concert took place on <time datetime="2001-05-15T19:00">May 15</time>.</p>



Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML5.1
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Working Draft No change from HTML5
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 33.0 22.0 (22.0) 9.0 22.0 7.0
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 ? 22.0 (22.0) 10.0 11.50
Removed in 15.0

See also

  • The <data> element, allowing to signal other kind of values.

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