The HTML <nav> element represents a section of a page that links to other pages or to parts within the page: a section with navigation links.

Content categories Flow content, sectioning content, palpable content.
Permitted content Flow content.
Tag omission None, both the starting and ending tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts flow content.
Permitted ARIA roles None
DOM interface HTMLElement

Attributes

This element only includes the global attributes.

Usage notes

  • Not all links of a document must be in a <nav> element, which is intended only for major block of navigation links; typically the <footer> element often has a list of links that don't need to be in a <nav> element.
  • A document may have several <nav> elements, for example, one for site navigation and one for intra-page navigation.
  • User agents, such as screen readers targeting disabled users, can use this element to determine whether to omit the initial rendering of this content.

Examples

<nav>
  <ul>
    <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">About</a></li>
    <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li>
  </ul>
</nav> 

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<nav>' in that specification.
Living Standard No change since latest W3C snapshot.
HTML5
The definition of '<nav>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 5 (Yes) 4.0 (2.0) 9.0 11.10 4.1
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.2 (Yes) 4.0 (2.0) 9.0 11.0 5.0 (iOS 4.2)

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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