The HTML <div> tag is used by most web developers to markup several contents in a webpage. This is because the <div> tag is a generic element. That is, it is a general purpose tag.
Because the HTML <div> tag is generic, it does not really add any value to the HTML semantic of the webpage. Thus, it is advisable to use it as:
- A last resort. When there seems to be no other HTML tag for marking up a webpage content.
- As a means for grouping multiple page contents in order to apply styles to them using CSS.
See also: Explanation on HTML Semantics.
How to use the HTML <div> Tag
The HTML <div> tag like every other tag has both the opening and the closing tag.
The Opening tag
<div> specify the beginning, while the closing tag
</div> specify the end of the tag.
<div> <h1> This is a header level 1 tag </h1> <p> This is a paragraph tag </p> </div>
The <div> Tag is a Block Level Tag.
What this means is that, it usually occupy the full width of the section it appears in, regardless of the content of the page, it is marking up.
<div> Tag Attributes
The HTML <div> tag does not have an attribute that works only when it is used with the <div> tag. Rather, it accepts all HTML Global Attributes.
<div> Tag Event Handlers
The HTML <div> tag does not have an event handler attribute that works only when it is used with the <div> tag. Rather, it accepts all HTML event handlers attributes.
<div> Tag Names
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