Extensible HyperText Markup Language

textarea

Definition

The textarea element is used to create a multi-line text input form control.

Example

  1. <form method="post" action="feedback.php">
  2. <p>
  3. <label for="comments">Your feedback</label><br />
  4. <textarea name="comments" id="comments" rows="15" cols="80">
  5. Your product is great!
  6. Keep up the good work.
  7. </textarea>
  8. </p>
  9. </form>

Attributes

Basic

cols
(Number) This attribute specifies the visible width in average character widths. This attribute is required.
name
(Text) Form control name.
rows
(Number) This attribute specifies the number of visible text lines. This attribute is required.

Advanced

accesskey
(Character) Accessibility key character.
disabled
Disables the control for user input. Possible value is disabled.
onblur
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when an element loses focus either by the pointing device or by tabbing navigation.
onchange
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a control loses the input focus and its value is modified prior to regaining focus.
onfocus
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when an element receives focus either by the pointing device or by tabbing navigation.
onselect
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a user selects some text in a text field.
readonly
If present, this attribute prohibits changes to the value in the control. Possible value is readonly.
tabindex
(Number) Position in tabbing order.

Common core attributes

class
(NameTokens) This attribute assigns a class name or set of class names to an element. Any number of elements may be assigned the same class name or set of class names. Multiple class names must be separated by white space characters. Class names are typically used to apply CSS formatting rules to an element.
id
(ID) This attribute assigns an ID to an element. This ID must be unique in a document. This ID can be used by client-side scripts (such as JavaScript) to select elements, apply CSS formatting rules, or to build relationships between elements.
title
(Text) This attribute offers advisory information. Some Web browsers will display this information as tooltips. Assistive technologies may make this information available to users as additional information about the element.

Common internationalization attributes

xml:lang
(NameToken) This attribute specifies the base language of an element's attribute values and text content.
dir

This attribute specifies the base direction of text. Possible values:

  • ltr: Left-to-right
  • rtl: Right-to-left

Common event attributes

onclick
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device button is clicked over an element.
ondblclick
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device button is double-clicked over an element.
onmousedown
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device button is pressed down over an element.
onmouseup
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device button is released over an element.
onmouseover
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device is moved onto an element.
onmousemove
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device is moved within an element.
onmouseout
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a pointing device is moved away from an element.
onkeypress
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a key is pressed down over an element then released.
onkeydown
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a key is pressed down over an element.
onkeyup
(Script) A client-side script event that occurs when a key is released over an element.

Common style attribute

style
(Text) This attribute specifies formatting style information for the current element. The content of this attribute is called inline CSS. The style attribute is deprecated (considered outdated), because it fuses together content and formatting.

Contains

  • Text

See also