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HTML legend Tag

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Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 2, 2019

HTML legend: Main Tips

  • HTML legend element is always the first child of a <fieldset> element.
  • It sets a caption for the content of <fieldset>.
  • You have to include both starting and ending tags.

Using legend Tag in HTML

HTML legend tags define a caption for the <fieldset> element:

Example
<form>
  <fieldset>
    <legend>This is the title</legend>
    First input: <input type="text" size="30"><br>
    Second input: <input type="text" size="30"><br>
  </fieldset>
</form>

Deprecated align Attribute

HTML legend tag supports all the global attributes. Its only tag-specific attribute was align which defined the alignment of the caption. However, it is deprecated and not supported by modern browsers:

Example
<form>
  <fieldset>
    <legend align="right">Align example:</legend>
    Align: <input type="text" size="30"><br>
    Mode: <input type="text" size="30"><br>
  </fieldset>
</form>

Tip: when using the legend tag in HTML, use CSS text-align property instead of the align attribute.

Browser support

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Firefox
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IE
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Safari
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Mobile browser support

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Firefox
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