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The <nav> element represents a section with navigation links.
- Navigation links:
- links to other pages [Example A]
- links to within tha page
- Not all groups of links on a page need to be in a nav element.
The nav element is appropriate for only section only sections that consist of major navigation blocks.In particular, it is common for footers to have a short list of links to various pages of a site, such as the terms of service, the home page, and a copyright page. The footer element alone is sufficient for such cases, without a nav element.
See global attributes.
<header> <h1>Wake up sheeple!</h1> <p><a href="news.html">News</a> - <a href="blog.html">Blog</a> - <a href="forums.html">Forums</a></p> <p>Last Modified: <time>2009-04-01</time></p> <nav> <h1>Navigation</h1> <ul> <li><a href="articles.html">Index of all articles</a></li> <li><a href="today.html">Things sheeple need to wake up for today</a></li> <li><a href="successes.html">Sheeple we have managed to wake</a></li> </ul> </nav> </header>
The HTML5 specification defines the <nav> element in 4.4.3 The nav element.