|Contained in||Inline elements, block-level elements|
The VAR element is used to markup variables or program arguments. Visual browsers typically render VAR as italic text, but authors can suggest a rendering using style sheets. Since VAR is a structural element, it carries meaning, making it preferable to font style elements such as I when marking up variables.
<P>Versions of HTML are typically numbered in an <VAR>x</VAR>.<VAR>x</VAR> format.</P>