HTML and CSS Reference
Where the concerns lie is in the misunderstanding and abuse of this attribute. It is
not to be used for the temporary show/hide that you may encounter with tabbed content
and the like. Further, we already have CSS solutions that address the display of content,
such as display: none and visibility: hidden .
There is semantic value in hidden , though, especially compared to the CSS alternative.
If this attribute remains in the specification, over time the concerns may prove
Just remember: do not use hidden for presentational purposes and don't
rely on browsers to actually hide the content. Use it only for semantic
purposes and use CSS to control presentation.
Peter Beverloo's article “Thoughts on the HTML5 hidden attribute” at http://peter.sh/
1.20 Making Portions of a Page Editable
You want to allow users to directly edit content in the browser.
Add the contenteditable attribute to the element containing the content to be edited:
<article contenteditable >
<h2>Stop <code>section</code> Abuse!</h2>
<p>As the most generic of the HTML5 structural elements, <code>section</code>
is often incorrectly used as a styling container, when <code>div</code> is
This attribute is well supported by today's browsers, including IE6. In fact, con
tenteditable first appeared in IE 5.5 and has since been incorporated by other brows-
ers. It was originally intended to support in-browser editing such as a What You See Is
What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.
However, on its own, it only allows users to edit content. It does not have any func-
tionality to save those edits, nor does it generate editing controls commonly seen in