The <article> tag is one of the new sectioning element in HTML5. The HTML <article> tag is used to represent an article. More specifically, the content within the <article> tag is independent of the other content of the site (even though it can be related).
In other words, The article element represents a component of a page that consists of self-contained composition in a document, page, or site. For Ex. in syndication.
A potential source for Article Element are:
- A magazine/newspaper article
- A blog entry
- A forum post
- A user-submitted a comment
This tag is most often used in two contexts:
- On a page with a single piece of content, a single <article> element can be used to contain the main content and set it off from the rest of the page.
- On a page with multiple pieces of content (a blog index page, a search results page, a category page, news feed), multiple <article> elements can be used to contain each individual piece of content.
Either way, it is similar to the <div> element and displays the stylish work the same. However, using the <article> element instead of <div> provides more semantic information to screen readers, search engines, and third-party applications.
Note: This tag does not render as anything special in a browser, you have to use CSS for that.
Default CSS setting: Most browsers will display the Article element with the following values.
Example: Using inline styling in an article element
- Google Chrome 6.0 and above
- Internet Explorer 9.0 and above
- Firefox 4.0 and above
- Opera 11.1 and above
- Safari 5.0 and above