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The <textarea> Element

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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"autocorrect", "cols", "disabled", "name", "readonly", and "rows"
New HTML5 Attributes"autocomplete", "dirname", "form", "maxlength", "minlength", "placeholder", "required", and "wrap"

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 https://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 https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H89 more information.

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