HTML <label> tag

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

HTML label tagWhen writing in HTML, the <label> tag is used to create labels for items in a user interface. Typically used within <input> tags on a form, the <label> tag is additionally useful because it extends the clickable area of control elements, like buttons. The following sections contain information about the <label> tag, including an example of it in use, as well as related attributes and browser compatibility.

Note: The <label> tag belongs to a group of tags called form elements.

Example code

<h3>Which type of pet do you prefer?</h3>
<label for="dogs">Dogs</label>
<input type="radio" name="animal" id="dogs" value="dogs"><br><br>
<label for="cats">Cats</label>
<input type="radio" name="animal" id="cats" value="cats"><br><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit">

Example result

Which type of pet do you prefer?


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 <label> tag, as well as a description of each.

Attribute Description
for Designates which form element a label is describing
form Designates the form to which a label belongs


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