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The <time> element represents its contents, along with a machine-readable form of those contents in the datetime attribute.


  • The datetime value of a time element is the value of the element's datetime attribute, if it has one, or the element's textContent, if it does not.
  • The kind of content is limited to various kinds of dates, times, time-zone offsets, and durations, as described below:
    • A valid month string
      • 2012-03
    • A valid date string
      • 3012-03-29
    • A calid time string
      • 15:25
      • 15:25:35
    • A valid local date and time string
      • 2012-03-29T15:25:35
      • 2012-03-29 15:25:35
    • A valid time-zone offset string
      • Z
      • 0000
      • 00:00
    • See more details: Datetime value at HTML5 specification.

HTML Attributes

  • datetime = date or time
    Specifies the date or time that the element represents.

See also global attributes.


Example A

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On <time datetime="1913-03-12">12 March 1913</time>, the city of Canberra
was officially given its name by Lady Denman, the wife of Governor-General
Lord Denman.


HTML Reference

This element was introduced in HTML5 - 4.6.9 The time element.