The <section> represents a standalone section — which doesn't have a more specific semantic element to represent it — contained within an HTML document. Typically, but not always, sections have a heading.

As an example, a navigation menu should be wrapped in a <nav> element, but a list of search results and a map display and its controls don't have specific elements, and could be put inside a <section>.

Note: If the contents of the element would make sense syndicated as a standalone piece, the <article> element may be a better choice.

Content categories Flow content, Sectioning content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts flow content. Note that a <section> element must not be a descendant of an <address> element.
Implicit ARIA role region if the element has an accessible name, otherwise no corresponding role
Permitted ARIA roles alert, alertdialog, application, banner, complementary, contentinfo, dialog, document, feed, log, main, marquee, navigation, none, note, presentation, search, status, tabpanel
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element only includes the global attributes.

Usage notes

  • Each <section> should be identified, typically by including a heading (<h1>-<h6> element) as a child of the <section> element.
  • If it makes sense to separately syndicate the content of a <section> element, use an <article> element instead.
  • Do not use the <section> element as a generic container; this is what <div> is for, especially when the sectioning is only for styling purposes. A rule of thumb is that a section should logically appear in the outline of a document.



  <p>Bunch of awesome content</p>


  <p>Bunch of awesome content</p>


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
section 5 12 4 9 11.1 5
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
section Yes Yes 4 11.1 4.2 Yes

See also

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