HTML <form> tag

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
HTML form tag

When 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 of <form> 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. This attribute 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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