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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:

  • Jeremy Keith: HTML5 test results at

    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.

  • Bruce Lawson: The section element at

    ...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.

    [Emphasis added].

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