The HTML <header> element represents a group of introductory or navigational aids. It may contain some heading elements but also other elements like a logo, wrapped section's header, a search form, and so on.

Usage note: The <header> element is not sectioning content and therefore doesn't introduce a new section in the outline.

Content categories Flow content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content, but with no <header> or <footer> descendant
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parent elements Any element that accepts flow content. Note that a <header> element must not be a descendant of an <address>, <footer> or another <header> element..
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element only includes the global attributes.


  a logo


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<header>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
The definition of '<header>' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 5 4.0 (2.0) 9.0 11.10 4.1
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.2 4.0 (2.0) 9.0 11.0 5.0

See also

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