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Using the HTML 5 Section Element

In this second part of a series, I discuss the use of the section tag included with HTML 5. It can be used for semantically defining different sections of a web page. Working with this element is a fairly straightforward process, so you shouldn’t have major problems using it within the markup of your own HTML 5 documents.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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April 22, 2010
  1. · Using the HTML 5 Section Element
  2. · Review: the header and nav tags
  3. · Defining a single section in an HTML 5 document with the section element
  4. · Defining multiple sections in a web page with the section tag

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Using the HTML 5 Section Element
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As you may have heard, the release of HTML 5 as a standard W3C specification seems to be around the corner. So there's no better time than now to learn how to use the great variety of useful elements that it includes. In consonance with this idea, in this article series I'll try to provide you with an approachable introduction to the new tags included with the (coming) specification, so you can start utilizing them in the near future when most modern browsers offer reliable support for them.

And speaking of the new tags included with HTML 5, it's time to review the topics covered in the first part of the series. In that tutorial I explained how to use the brand new <header> and <nav> elements. As you'll probably recall, the first one came in handy for defining one or multiple heading sections on a web page, and the last one allowed you to specify the inclusion of a navigational bar in the page.

Even though at this point I'm only scratching the surface of the numerous new features offered by HTML 5, you can already see that the aim of the specification is to make the markup process more semantic and simple for designers by incorporating additional tags that play a specific role inside the structure and layout of a web page.

As I said before, though, HTML 5 comes with many other helpful elements that are worth examining in depth. Therefore, in this second installment of the series I'm going to explain how to use the <section> tag. As you might expect, it can be used for easily defining specific sections within a document.

Are you ready to learn the fine details regarding the use of the aforementioned <section> element? Then don't hesitate anymore, start reading now!

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