HTML <header> Tag

The <header> tag defines the header of a page or a section. It usually contains a logo, search, navigational links, etc.

This tag doesn’t present a new section in the outline. A <header> element commonly contains the heading (an <h1>–<h6> element) of a surrounding section. However, this is not required.

The <header> tag is one of the HTML5 elements. In an HTML document, it is allowed to use several <header> tags, which can be placed in any part of it.

It is not permitted to place the <header> tag inside the <footer> and <address> elements, and in another <header> tag.


The <header> tag comes in pairs. The content is written between the opening (<header>) and closing (</header>) tags.

Example of the HTML <header> tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
      li {
        display: inline-block; 
        margin-right: 10px;
        color: #778899;
        <ul style="padding:0;">
          <li>About us</li>
      <h1>Welcome to our page</h1>
        <h2>The section title</h2>
        <p>The text paragraph.</p>



The <header> tag supports Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <header> tag?

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <header> tag:

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit.
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick.
  • CSS text-transform property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style.

Coloring text in <header> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations.
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <header> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signalled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <header> tag:

Browser support

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