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HTML section Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Sep 11, 2019

HTML section: Main Tips

  • HTML section tags surround a generic section of the content in a web page or application.
  • They were introduced in HTML5 and support global attributes.
  • If you want to group elements to a generic container, use <div> tag instead.
  • You must use both opening and ending section tags.

Using HTML section Tags

The HTML section element, defined by section tags, defines a section of a document, web page, or an application:

Example
<section>
  <h1>Section Heading</h1>
  <p>The section tag can contain any elements.</p>
  <img src="image.png" alt="section example">
</section>

Elements of a section are similar in theme and thus possible to group together logically. For example, a company's web site might have separate sections for contact information, news, or special offers.

For identification purposes, HTML sections usually have headings, like <h1>, <h2>, ... <h6>.

Note: HTML5 section is called a semantic element, because the tag defines its content. Such elements help browsers understand web pages correctly.

Browser Support

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Chrome
5+
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Edge
All
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Firefox
4+
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IE
9+
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Opera
11.1+
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Safari
4.1+

Mobile Browser Support

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Chrome
All
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Firefox
4+
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Opera
11.1+
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Safari
4.2+