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HTML <textarea> tag

Definition

The <textarea> tag is used to define used to define a multiple line area for text input.

Example


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" name="comments"></textarea>

Required Attributes

cols - specifies the character width of the text area.

rows - specifies the number of rows in the text area.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30"></textarea>

Optional Attributes

disabled - specifies the textarea will be disabled until a certain condition occurs.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" disabled="disabled"></textarea>

name - specifies a name for the text area.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" name="name"></textarea>

readonly - specifies that a text area is protected and not modifiable.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" readonly="readonly"></textarea>

Common Attributes

accesskey - specifies a keyboard shortcut to an element.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" accesskey="aKey"></textarea>

class - specifies a classname for the element allowing you to apply the style of the predefined class to the content.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" class="classname"></textarea>

id - specifies a unique id for the element allowing you to apply the style of the predefined id to the content.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" id="idname"></textarea>

style - specifies an inline style for the element allowing you to apply the style to the content.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" style="color:red;text-align:left"></textarea>

title - specifies extra information about the content.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" title="information about the content"></textarea>

Language Attributes

dir - specifies the directional flow of the content.


<!-- The text will flow from left to right -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" dir="ltr"></textarea>

<!-- The text will flow from right to left -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" dir="rtl"></textarea>

lang - specifies a language code for the content of the element.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" lang="en"></textarea>

xml:lang - specifies a language code for the content of the element in XHTML documents.


<textarea rows="3" cols="30" xml:lang="fr"></textarea>

Document Event Attributes

NONE

Form Event Attributes

onblur - The JavaScript code to be run when an element loses focus.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onblur="go()"></textarea>

onchange - The JavaScript code to be run when an element gains focus.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onchange="go()"></textarea>

onfocus - The JavaScript code to be run when an element loses focus.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onfocus="go()"></textarea>

onselect - The JavaScript code to be run when an element gains focus.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onselect="go()"></textarea>

Image Event Attributes

NONE

Keyboard Event Attributes

onkeydown - The JavaScript code to be run when an element is in focus and keyboard key is pressed.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onkeydown="go()"></textarea>

onkeypress - The JavaScript code to be run when an element is in focus and keyboard key is pressed down and released.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onkeypress="go()"></textarea>

onkeyup - The JavaScript code to be run when an element is in focus and keyboard key is released.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onkeyup="go()"></textarea>

Mouse Event Attributes

onclick - The JavaScript code to be run when a mouse is clicked on the element.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onclick="go()"></textarea>

ondblclick - The JavaScript code to be run when a mouse is double clicked on the element.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" ondblclick="go()"></textarea>

onmousedown - The JavaScript code to be run when the mouse button is pressed down while the cursor is over the element.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onmousedown="go()"></textarea>

onmousemove - The JavaScript code to be run when the mouse button is moved.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onmousemove="go()"></textarea>

onmouseout - The JavaScript code to be run when the mouse cursor moves off an element.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onmouseout="go()"></textarea>

onmouseover - The JavaScript code to be run when the mouse cursor moves over an element.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onmouseover="go()"></textarea>

onmouseup - The JavaScript code to be run when the mouse button is released while the cursor is over the element.


<!-- Executes the go() function -->
<textarea rows="3" cols="30" onmouseup="go()"></textarea>


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