HTML <option> tag represents options within a dropdown list.
The option tag is generally used to define one or more options within dropdown. HTML option tag is used along with <select> tag or <datalist> tag to define a dropdown list within web page. Also see HTML <optgroup> tag to define group of options within dropdown control.
HTML option Tag Sample Code
<html> <head> <title>HTML/HTML5 option Tag with Example</title> </head> <body> <select> <option value="MH">Maharastra</option> <option value="Please select" selected="selected">Please select</option> <option value="GJ">Gujarat</option> <option value="MP">Madhya Pradesh</option> </select> </body> </html>
HTML option Tag Sample Result
Tag Specific Attributes Support
Following are option tag attributes that are supported by <option> tag.
|disabled||disabled||Represents whether dropdown is disabled or not on page load|
|selected||selected||Represents the initial selected value among list of all options of the dropdown on page load|
|value||value_name||Represents the value name of the selected list that is generally used to save on the server|
Standard Attributes Support
HTML <option> tag supports mostly all HTML Attributes. Following are some most common attributes that are used by <option> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Attributes here.
|class||user_defined||Represents a style for an element which is used in CSS style sheet|
|id||user_defined||Represents unique id for an element|
|style||css_properties||Represents an inline style for an element for e.g style=”color:red;text-decoration:underline;”|
|title||user_defined||Represents a tooltip information for an elements like img, a, abbr etc|
Event Attributes Support
The “script” is invoked when a certain “event” occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event. HTML <option> tag supports mostly all HTML Event Attributes. Following are some most common event attributes that are used by <option> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Event Attributes here.
|onclick||script||Event Fires immediately when mouse click on the specified element|
|ondblclick||script||Event Fires immediately when mouse double-click on the specified element|
|onkeydown||script||Event Fires immediately when user is pressing a down key from keyboard|
|onkeypress||script||Event Fires immediately when user presses a key from keyboard|
|onkeyup||script||Event Fires immediately when user releases a key from keyboard|
|onmousedown||script||Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets down from an element|
|onmousemove||script||Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element|
|onmouseout||script||Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer gets out from an element|
|onmouseover||script||Event Fires immediately when mouse pointer moves over an element|
|onmouseup||script||Event Fires immediately when a mouse pointer is released over an element|