TAG select

Example

Create a select list with four options:
<select>
  <option value="volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="saab">Saab</option>
  <option value="mercedes">Mercedes</option>
  <option value="audi">Audi</option>
</select>

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Definition and Usage

The <select> tag is used to create a select list (drop-down list).
The <option> tags inside the select element define the available options in the list.

Browser Support

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

Differences Between HTML and XHTML

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Tips and Notes

Tip: The select element is a form control and can be used in a form to collect user input.

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
disabled disabled Specifies that a drop-down list should be disabled STF
multiple multiple Specifies that multiple options can be selected STF
name name Specifies the name of a drop-down list STF
size number Specifies the number of visible options in a drop-down list STF


Standard Attributes

The <select> 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
tabindex number Specifies the tab order of 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 <select> tag supports the following event attributes:
Attribute Value Description DTD
onblur script Script to be run when an element loses focus STF
onchange script Script to be run when an element change 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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