The Idiomatic Text element
The HTML specifications defines the
i element as:
ielement represents a span of text in an alternate voice or mood, or otherwise offset from the normal prose in a manner indicating a different quality of text, such as a taxonomic designation, a technical term, an idiomatic phrase from another language, transliteration, a thought, or a ship name in Western texts.
i element was used for presentation and browsers display it in italics. However, even though some browsers continue to display it in italics as a fallback, the
i element should not be used for presentational purposes as it does not necessarily mean the text will be in italics.
i element has semantic meaning and the usage depends on the situation and the surrounding text. MDN Web Docs has a great example:
An example for
<i>could be: "The Queen Mary sailed last night". Here, there is no added emphasis or importance on the word "Queen Mary". It is merely indicated that the object in question is not a queen named Mary, but a ship named Queen Mary.