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<section> is a new Microformats in HTML5 element that is for a thematic clustering of content. See also:
- div - for more generic divisions of content
- article - for independently syndicatable / self-standing chunks of content.
Articles about the section element and challenges with it, most recent first:
- Using the HTML5 section element at http://blog.paciellogroup.com/2013/10/using-html5-section-element/ :
...there is a growing tendency for the section element to be used whether it’s the right element for the job or not.
- When to Use the HTML5 “section” Element at http://www.impressivewebs.com/html5-section/ :
...it seems that HTML5′s new
<section>element is confusing and it’s hard to discern its true value.
- HTML5 test results at http://adactio.com/journal/1607/ :
I don’t think there needs to be a section element and an article element. I don’t have a particularly strong opinion about which one should stay and which one should go but a little trimming is definitely in order.
- The section element at http://html5doctor.com/the-section-element/ :
...the questions we receive most are about using the section element, and we realise that we’ve been using the section element incorrectly all this time.
What we’ve been doing wrong is using section to wrap content in order to style it, or to demarcate the main content area from the nav, header, footer etc. These are jobs for div, not section.