HTML <section> hidden Attribute

The hidden attribute on a <section> tag hides the section. Althought the section is not visible, its position on the page is maintained.

Example

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A hidden attribute on a <section> element.
The section is not visible.

A hidden section:

<p>A hidden section:</p>

<section hidden>
  <h2>The Night Watch</h2>
  <p>The Night Watch (Dutch: De Nachtwacht), is a 1642 
     painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. It is in the collection 
     of the Amsterdam Museum but is prominently displayed 
     in the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) as the best-known 
     painting in its collection. The Night Watch is 
     the most famous Dutch Golden Age painting.
  </p>
</section>

Using hidden

The hidden attribute hides the <section> element.

You can specify either 'hidden' (without value) or 'hidden="hidden"'. Both are valid.

A hidden <section> element is not visible, but it maintains its position on the page.

Removing the hidden attribute makes it re-appear.


Syntax

<section hidden>
or
<section hidden="hidden">

Values

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Value Description
hidden Use 'hidden' or hidden='hidden'. Both are valid.

More Examples

Clicking the button toggles the hidden attribute on the <section> element.

The Night Watch

The Night Watch (Dutch: De Nachtwacht), is a 1642 painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. It is in the collection of the Amsterdam Museum but is prominently displayed in the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) as the best-known painting in its collection. The Night Watch is the most famous Dutch Golden Age painting.


<section id="mysection">
  <h2>The Night Watch</h2>
  <p>The Night Watch (Dutch: De Nachtwacht), is a 1642 
     painting by Rembrandt van Rijn. It is in the collection 
     of the Amsterdam Museum but is prominently displayed 
     in the Rijksmuseum (State Museum) as the best-known 
     painting in its collection. The Night Watch is 
     the most famous Dutch Golden Age painting.
  </p>
</section>

<br />
<button onclick="toggle(this)">Hide Section</button>

<script>
  let toggle = button => {
    let element = document.getElementById("mysection");
    let hidden = element.getAttribute("hidden");

    if (hidden) {
       element.removeAttribute("hidden");
       button.innerText = "Hide Section";
    } else {
       element.setAttribute("hidden", "hidden");
       button.innerText = "Show Section";
    }
  }
</script>

Code explanation

Initially, the <section> is visible.

Clicking the button calls JavaScript which toggles the hidden attribute.

With the hidden attribute the section is invisible.


Browser support

Here is when hidden support started for each browser:

Chrome
6.0 Sep 2010
Firefox
4.0 Mar 2011
IE/Edge
9.0 Mar 2011
Opera
11.1 Mar 2011
Safari
5.0 Jun 2010

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