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HTML Textarea

The HTML <textarea> tag is used to define a multi-line text input control.

It can hold unlimited number of characters and the texts are displayed in a fixed-width font (usually courier).

The size of the HTML textarea is defined by <cols> and <rows> attribute, or it can also be defined through CSS height and width properties.


HTML Textarea Example

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Supporting Browsers

Elementchrome browser Chromeie browser IEfirefox browser Firefoxopera browser Operasafari browser Safari
<textarea>YesYesYesYesYes

New HTML 5 Textarea Attributes

AttributeDescription
autofocusIt specifies that a text area should be automatically get focused when the page is loaded.
formIt specifies one or more forms the textarea belongs to.
maxlengthIt specifies the maximum number of characters allowed in the text area.
placeholderIt specifies a short hint that describes the expected value of a textarea.
requiredIt specifies that textarea must be filled out.
wrapIt specifies that how the texts in the textarea are wrapped at the time of the submission of the form.

HTML Textarea form attribute

The form attribute specifies one or more forms the text area belongs to.

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Output:

Name:

The textarea element above is outside the form , but it is still the part of the form.

Note: The form attribute is not supported in Internet Explorer.


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