TAG form

Example

A simple HTML form with two input fields and one submit button:
<form action="form_action.asp" method="get">
  First name: <input type="text" name="fname" /><br />
  Last name: <input type="text" name="lname" /><br />
  <input type="submit" value="Submit" />
</form>

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Definition and Usage

The <form> tag is used to create an HTML form for user input.
A form can contain input elements like text fields, checkboxes, radio-buttons, submit buttons and more. A form can also contain select menus, textarea, fieldset, legend, and label elements.
Forms are used to pass data to a server.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari
The <form> tag is supported in all major browsers.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

NONE

Tips and Notes

Note: The form element is a block-level element, and creates a line break before and after itself.

Required Attributes

DTD indicates in which HTML 4.01/XHTML 1.0 DTD the attribute is allowed. S=Strict, T=Transitional, and F=Frameset.
Attribute Value Description DTD
action URL Specifies where to send the form-data when a form is submitted STF

Optional Attributes

Attribute Value Description DTD
accept MIME_type Specifies the types of files that can be submitted through a file upload STF
accept-charset charset Specifies the character-sets the server can handle for form-data STF
enctype application/x-www-form-urlencoded
multipart/form-data
text/plain
Specifies how form-data should be encoded before sending it to a server STF
method get
post
Specifies how to send form-data STF
name name Specifies the name for a form TF
target _blank
_self
_parent
_top
framename
Deprecated. Specifies where to open the action URL TF


Standard Attributes

The <form> tag supports the following standard attributes:
Attribute Value Description DTD
class classname Specifies a classname for an element STF
dir rtl
ltr
Specifies the text direction for the content in an element STF
id id Specifies a unique id for an element STF
lang language_code Specifies a language code for the content in an element STF
style style_definition Specifies an inline style for an element STF
title text Specifies extra information about an element STF
xml:lang language_code Specifies a language code for the content in an element, in XHTML documents STF
More information about Standard Attributes.

Event Attributes

The <form> tag supports the following event attributes:
Attribute Value Description DTD
onclick script Script to be run on a mouse click STF
ondblclick script Script to be run on a mouse double-click STF
onmousedown script Script to be run when mouse button is pressed STF
onmousemove script Script to be run when mouse pointer moves STF
onmouseout script Script to be run when mouse pointer moves out of an element STF
onmouseover script Script to be run when mouse pointer moves over an element STF
onmouseup script Script to be run when mouse button is released STF
onkeydown script Script to be run when a key is pressed STF
onkeypress script Script to be run when a key is pressed and released STF
onkeyup script Script to be run when a key is released STF
onreset script Script to be run when a form is reset  
onsubmit script Script to be run when a form is submitted  
More information about Event Attributes.
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