The HTML <time> element

Sometimes in UI, it requires more brain power to understand “15 hours ago” than “2018-01-10 7:35PM”

Hidenari has a point. Sometimes our UI could use a bit more precision. We as developers could be a bit more formal. But how to strike the right balance here?

With the HTML5 element, we can include several forms of date-time information in a variety of ways, including:

  1. machine-readable format (datetime attribute)
  2. “tooltip” for the user (title attribute)
  3. shorthand content for the user (text content)

For example:

<time datetime="2018-01-10T19:35:00">
15 hours ago

Read more about the element at

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