How to Strikethrough Text in HTML5

Strikethrough is used on content that is no longer considered relevant. Like a previous price tag on a now discounted sales item:

Discounted Product

Intel, 2TB SSD Drive

$249
$99

In the now deprecated HTML4, we used the <strike> tag on content that was no longer considered relevant. In modern HTML, namely HTML5, we use the shorter <s> tag instead. The strikethrough in the example above looks like this:

<s>$249</s>

Good to know

Don’t confuse the <s> tag with the <del> tag.

  • <s> represents content that is no longer accurate or relevant right now — as a price tag on a discounted product.
  • <del> indicates that something was removed from your document, like a completed item on a todo list.

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