The "textarea" Element

The "textarea" element represents a multiline plain text edit control. The contents of "textarea" (if any) represent the control's default value.

Attributes for "textarea"
TypeAttribute List
'Standard' Attributes"autocapitalize", "autocorrect", "cols", "disabled", "name", "readonly", and "rows"
New HTML5 Attributes"autocomplete", "autofocus", "dirname", "form", "maxlength", "placeholder", "required", and "wrap"
New HTML 5.1 Attributes"inputmode" and "minlength"

Syntax Notes for "textarea"

  • If the "rows" attribute is not used then the control defaults to having 2 rows. If the "cols" attribute is not used then the control defaults to having 20 columns.

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Accessibility Information & Tips

  • Use the "title" attribute to label form controls when a label cannot be accommodated, like when there is no room for a label or it might be confusing. Visit for http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H65 more information. If a label can be accomodated, then use the "title" attribute to provide context-sensitive help. Visit for http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H89 more information.

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