TAG label

Example

An simple HTML form with two input fields and related labels :
<form>
  <label for="male">Male</label>
  <input type="radio" name="sex" id="male" />
  <br />
  <label for="female">Female</label>
  <input type="radio" name="sex" id="female" />
</form>

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Definition and Usage

The <label> tag defines a label for an input element.
The label element does not render as anything special for the user. However, it provides a usability improvement for mouse users, because if the user clicks on the text within the label element, it toggles the control.
The for attribute of the <label> tag should be equal to the id attribute of the related element to bind them together.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari
The <label> tag is supported in all major browsers.
Note: Not supported in Safari 2 or earlier versions.

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

NONE

Optional 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
for element_id Specifies which form element a label is bound to STF


Standard Attributes

The <label> tag supports the following standard attributes:
Attribute Value Description DTD
accesskey character Specifies a keyboard shortcut to access an element STF
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 <label> tag supports the following event attributes:
Attribute Value Description DTD
onblur script Script to be run when an element loses focus STF
onclick script Script to be run on a mouse click STF
ondblclick script Script to be run on a mouse double-click STF
onfocus script Script to be run when an element gets focus 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
More information about Event Attributes.
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