HTML - textarea Tag


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Description

The HTML <textarea> tag is used within a form to declare a textarea element - a control that allows the user to input text over multiple rows.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

   <head>
      <title>HTML textarea Tag</title>
   </head>

   <body>
      <form action = "/cgi-bin/hello_get.cgi" method = "get">
         Fill the Detail: 
         <br />
         
         <textarea rows = "5" cols = "50" name = "description">
            Enter your name
         </textarea>
         
         <input type = "submit" value = "submit" />
      </form>
   </body>

</html>

This will produce the following result −

Global Attributes

This tag supports all the global attributes described in − HTML Attribute Reference

Specific Attributes

The HTML <textarea> tag also supports the following additional attributes −

Attribute Value Description
autofocus html-5 autofocus Specifies that on page load the text area should automatically get focus.
cols number Specifies the width of the textarea based on the number of visible character widths.
disabled disabled Specifies the width of the textarea based on the number of visible character widths.
formhtml-5 form_id Specifies one or more forms.
maxlengthhtml-5 number Specifies the maximum number of characters in textarea.
name text Assigns a name to the input control.
placeholder html-5 text Specifies a short hint of the value in textarea.
readonly readonly Sets the input control to read-only. It won't allow the user to change the value. The control however, can receive focus and are included when tabbing through the form controls.
requiredhtml-5 required Specifies that a textarea is required.
rows number Specifies the height of the textarea based on the number of visible lines of text. If there's more text than this allows, users can scroll using the textarea's scrollbars.
wrap html-5 hard
soft
Specifies the text to be wrapped in textarea.

Event Attributes

This tag supports all the event attributes described in − HTML Events Reference

Browser Support

Chrome Firefox IE Opera Safari Android
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

html_tags_reference.htm

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