HTML <form> tag

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

HTML form tagWhen writing in HTML, the <form> tag is a block element used to create an interactive section on a web page that allows visitors to submit information to a web server. It is useful for gathering contact information, taking surveys, or allowing users to leave comments. The following sections contain information about this tag, including an example of it in use, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.

Example code

<form action="script name" method="get">
Name: <input type="text" name="name"><br>
E-mail: <input type="text" name="email"><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

Note: The "script name" in the action attribute should be changed to the name and location of your script file. For example, it could be changed to an ASP, Perl, PHP, or Python script file.

Example result

Name:
E-mail:

Note: The above example returns you to this page because nothing is used for the action. If you want a working example of the form tag, you can use our search engine found at the top and bottom of every page. For example, enter any computer term in the search to get an immediate definition of that term.

Attributes

Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair; all tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <form> tag, as well as a description of each.

Attribute Description
accept-charset Designates the character encodings that are to be used when a form is submitted
action Designates where to send form data. Typically, this is either an ASP, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, or Python script.
autocomplete Toggles the autocomplete function
enctype Designates how submitted form data should be encoded
method Designates the HTTP method used for sending form-data
name Designates a name for the form
novalidate Designates that the form should not be validated upon submission
target Designates where the generated response is displayed upon submission

Deprecated attributes

A deprecated attribute is one that may function currently but is not supported in going forward. While the attribute may work with the current version of HTML, it will eventually be phased out. It is better to avoid using these attributes to help future-proof your website.

Attribute Description
accept Designates which file types a server will accept

Compatibility

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