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HTML label Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 2, 2019

HTML label: Main Tips

  • HTML label acts as a caption for a specified element.
  • It is very convenient to use HTML label for <input> elements. It increases the clickable area, as clicking the label activates the input as well.
  • An input element can also be nested inside the HTML label tag.
  • You must include the closing tag.

Using label Tag

The <label> element specifies an HTML label for a given element:

Example
<label>My Name Field</label>
<input type="text" name="myName" class="myNameInput" required/>

The element that has an HTML label is called the labeled control.

Note: one element can have multiple labels.

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Attributes for label

The for attribute HTML label tags include must have a value equal to the id of an element. The label is applied to the first labelable element in the document that matches the specified value:

Example
<label for="phone">My Phone Number:</label>
<input type="text" value="" name="phoneNo" id="phone" size="30" placeholder="Provide your phone number">

The form attribute was added in HTML5. It is also used to specify the element to label, but only works with <form> elements:

Example

<form id="userform">
  <label for="uname">Username</label>
  <input type="text" id="uname"><
  <label for="pass" form="userform">Password</label>
  <input type="password" id="pass">
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>

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