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HTML textarea Tag with Example

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HTML <textarea> tag represents multiline input control. Also see the HTML <input> tag that is used to define single line text control.

Note: HTML <textarea> tag is supported in all major web browsers.

HTML textarea Tag Sample Code

<html>
<head>
    <title>HTML/HTML5 textarea Tag with Example</title>
</head>
<body>
    <textarea>
        This is the default example of HTML textarea control 
        and it is draggable by default
    </textarea>
    <textarea cols="50" rows="5" style="resize: none;">
        This is the fixed size example of HTML textarea control 
        and disable draggable feature via CSS resize attribute
</textarea>
</body>
</html>

HTML textarea Tag Sample Result


Note: Use cols and rows attributes to create fixed size textarea control. You can also use style=”resize: none;” to disable textarea control to draggable.

Tip: You can see the complete List of HTML Elements here.

Tag Specific Attributes Support

Following are textarea tag attributes that are supported by <textarea> tag.

Attribute Value Description
cols numbers Represents the number of columns for the textarea just similar as the width attribute of the CSS
rows numbers Represents the number of rows for the textarea just similar as the height attribute of the CSS
maxlength numbers Represents the allowed maximum length for the textarea
name name Represents the a name for the textarea
readonly readonly Represents whether textarea control is readonly or not on page load
wrap hard
soft
Represents wrapped text for the textarea

Standard Attributes Support

HTML <textarea> tag supports mostly all HTML Attributes. Following are some most common attributes that are used by <textarea> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
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 <textarea> tag supports mostly all HTML Event Attributes. Following are some most common event attributes that are used by <textarea> tag. You can get more details about available HTML Event Attributes here.

Attribute Value Description
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
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