The HTML <article></article> element was introduced in HTML5. It defines external content. The external content could be a news-article from an external provider, or text from a web log (blog), or text from a forum, or any other content from an external source. This element must not be a descendant of an <address> element. When <article> elements are nested, the inner ones represent articles related to the outer one. For example, the comments of a blog post can be <article> elements nested in the one representing the blog post. Author information of an <article> element can be provided through the <address> element, but it doesn't apply to nested <article> elements. The publication date and time of an <article> element can be described using the pubdate attribute of a <time> element.


See Global HTML Attributes and Standard HTML5 Attributes.

HTML example:

<a href="">Netscape is dead</a>
<br />
AOL has a long history on the Internet, being one of the first companies to really get people online.....


The article element by itself does not have a visual rendering, other than being a block element. It does however influence the rendering of the <h1> element, see that page for more information.

Typical CSS representation

article {
  display: block;


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Coding rules

The <article> element belongs to the Flow content category.

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