What Is a TEXTAREA Tag/Element


What Is a TEXTAREA Tag/Element? - XHTML 1.0 Tutorials - Understanding Forms and Input Fields

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A "textarea" element is an inline element that you can use to define a large input area in a form. Here are basic rules about a "textarea" element:

  • "textarea" elements are inline elements.
  • "textarea" elements can only be used as sub-elements of "form" elements.
  • A "textarea" element requires an attribute called "rows" to define the number of rows of the input area.
  • A "textarea" element requires an attribute called "cols" to define the number of columns of the input area.
  • A "textarea" element can have empty content.
  • A "textarea" element can have text content.
  • A "textarea" element can no have any sub-elements.
  • A "textarea" element will be displayed by browsers as a rectangular input area.
  • Content of a "textarea" element will be displayed as default data in the input area.

Here is a tutorial example of "textarea" input fields:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
  <title>Textarea Input Fields</title>
  <h4>Online Survey</h4>
  <form action="http://localhost/submit" method="get">
  <p style="background-color: #eeeeee; padding: 8px;">
   Your name: <input type="text" name="name"
   Feedback: <textarea cols="16" rows="4">Nice site.
   <input type="submit" value="Submit"/> 

If you save the above document as text_area.html, and view it with Internet Explorer, you will see a text input area in the form as shown below:
            Text Area Iuput

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