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W3C Recommendation


The HTML Navigation Element (<nav>) represents a section of navigation links: a page that links to other pages, or to parts within the page

Overview Table

DOM Interface HTMLElement


The following example uses the nav element to indicate that a list contains site navigation links.


 <h1>Site Navigation</h1>
  <li><a href="index.html">Home</a></li>
  <li><a href="gallery.html">Photo</a></li>
  <li><a href="news.html">Updates</a></li>


 Not all groups of links on a document need to be in a nav element, only sections that consist of major navigation blocks. In particular, it is common for footer elements to have a short list of links to various documents of a site, such as the terms of service, home, and copyright. The footer element alone is sufficient for such cases, and does not require a nav element.

Note Some devices and applications (such as screen readers) might use the nav element as a way to determine what content on the document to initially skip or provide on request.

Related specifications

Specification Status Related Changes
HTML 5.1 W3C Working Draft
HTML 5 W3C Recommendation

See also

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This article contains content originally from external sources.

Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: [Windows Internet Explorer API reference Article]