HTML datetime Attribute

HTML datetime Attribute: The HTML datetime attribute used to define the machine-readable date/time of the <time> element. The date-time is inserted in the format YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD.

Attribute Values: This attribute contains single value YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD which is used to specify the date and time when the text was deleted.

HTML datetime Attribute

This attribute can be applied to the elements like <del>,<ins>,<time>.



Syntax: <time datetime=”YYYY-MM-DDThh:mm:ssTZD”>

The explanation of datetime components are listed below:

YYYY: It sets the year of datetime object (e.g. 2018).
MM: It sets the month of datetime object (e.g. 04 for March).
DD: It sets the day of the month of datetime object (e.g. 06).
T: It is a required separator.
hh: It sets the hour of datetime object (e.g. 18 for 06.00pm).
mm: It sets the minutes of datetime object (e.g. 34).
ss: It sets the seconds of datetime object (e.g. 40).
TZD: Time Zone Designator (Z denotes Zulu, also known as Greenwich Mean Time)

Browser Support

This attribute is supported by the following browsers :

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer

<del> element Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
<p><del datetime="2015-11-15T22:55:03Z">The current text is deleted</del></p>
</body>
</html>

Output:

HTML datetime delete attribute

<ins> element Example

Example for <ins> element
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
<ins datetime="2015-09-15T22:55:03Z">The current text is an inserted text.</ins>
</body>
</html>

Output:

HTML datetime insert attribute

Example:<time> element

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>

<p>I have a birthday invitation from <time datetime="2017-07-15 20:00">Karthik </time>.</p>

<p><b>Note:</b> The time element does not render as anything special in any of the major browsers.</p>

<p><strong>Note:</strong> The time tag is not supported in Internet Explorer 8 and earlier versions.</p>

</body>
</html>

Output:

HTML time example