HTML <hr> Tag

The HTML <hr> tag represents a paragraph-level thematic break in an HTML document.

The <hr> tag could be used in a scene change in a story, or a transition to another topic within a section of a reference book.


The <hr> tag is written as <hr> (no end tag) with the new topic following the <hr> element (and the old topic preceding it).

Like this:


Change of Topic

This example demonstrates how you can use the <hr> tag to represent a change of topic within a section.

Note that the HTML5 specification states There is no need for an <hr> element between the sections themselves, since the <section> elements and the <h1> elements imply thematic changes themselves.

Change of Scene

Here, the <hr> tag is used to represent a change of scene in a story.


Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.

The <hr> element accepts the following attributes.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <hr> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handlers

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Most event handler content attributes can be used on all HTML elements, but some event handlers have specific rules around when they can be used and which elements they are applicable to.

For more detail, see HTML event handler content attributes.