The HTML5 <header> tag

Several new tags or elements have been added in HTML5. The <header> tag is one of them. It is used as header of one or more sections or as a header of the document. HTML5 <header> element should be used as a container of introductory contents like <h1> – <h6> tags, table of contents, search form, logo etc. with or without navigational links. More than one <header> tag can be used in a HTML5 document and it is generally placed at the beginning of the document or <article> tag.

Important points need to be remembered:

  • <header> and <head> tags are completely different.
  • A <header> tag can’t be placed within <footer> or <address> tag. Also a <header> element can’t be placed within another <header> element.

Web browser support:

HTML5 <header> tag is supported by latest versions of all web browsers. Internet Explorer 8 or earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not support this element.

There are few HTML5 <header> tag examples given below:

Below the <header> tag is used as document header.

    <h1>This is the heading of the page</h1>
    With some supplementary information

Below the <header> element is used as article header.

        <h1>Title of this article</h1>
        By S Ghosh
    Contents of the article

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