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HTML Elements and Attributes that Control the Form on the Webpage

Below is a list of the most commonly used*** html element tags that control a form on the webpage.

Note: Some attributes listed below have been depreciated in favor of Cascading Style Sheets.

Creates and Controls Webpage Form
ElementOpening TagAttributesClosing TagDescription
form<form>action="location"
method="type"
</form>Creates the shell of a web form

action - URL for processing program
method - how data is sent to program (get or post)
input<input>type="?"
name="id"
value="default"
checked
size="#"
maxlength="#"
onClick="script"
NoneCreates an input field in a web form

type - type of input field can be set to--
text - one line of text
button - creates a button
password - bullets displayed to hide password
checkbox - square check box
hidden - not visible on webpage
file - file select control
radio - circular radio button
submit - submit button
reset - reset button
image - use an image as a button

name - identifies input field
value - default value in field
checked - default radio or checkbox selected
size - length of field in number of characters
maxlength - maximum number of characters
onClick - URL of script to run on submit
option<option>value="?"
selected
</option>Creates one item in a drop-down menu list (see select tag)

value - sets value for option
selected - item selected by default
select<select>name="id"
size="#"
multiple
</select>Creates a drop-down menu list on web form

name - identifies input field
size - number of visible items in menu
multiple - allows multiple selections
textarea<textarea>name="id"
rows="#"
cols="#"
</textarea>Creates a multi-line input field in a form

name - identifies input field
rows - number of rows = height of input box
cols - number of cols = width of input box
***A complete list of html element tags can be found at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website.
http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/index/elements.html
**Color can be set using color names (red, black, etc) or RGB color codes or hexidecimal color codes.




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