The HTML <summary> element is used as a summary, caption, or legend for the content of a <details> element.

Permitted content Phrasing content or one element of Heading content
Tag omission None, both the start tag and the end tag are mandatory.
Permitted parents The <details> element.
Permitted ARIA roles button
DOM interface HTMLElement


This element only includes the global attributes.

Usage notes

If the <summary> element is omitted, the heading "details" will be used.

The default style for <summary> is display:list-item per HTML standard.  If the style is being changed to display:block, the disclosure triangle will be dismissed, which is expected. See Bug 1283989 for more information.


In summation, get details from the link on the next line

Please see the <details> page for examples on <summary>.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<summary>' in that specification.
Living Standard  
HTML 5.1
The definition of '<summary>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support12 No149 No No6
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support4 Yes No149 No No No

1. In development.

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