HTML <label> Tag

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Description

The <label> tag is used to define a caption for a form control in HTML form. Each label element is associated with exactly one form control either by using the for attribute, or by placing the control element inside the label element.

The following table summarizes the usages context and the version history of this tag.

Placement: Inline
Content: Inline and text
Start/End Tag: Start tag: required, End tag: required
Version: HTML 4, 4.01, 5
 

Tip:The <label> element provides a usability improvement by making the form more accessible for mouse users. It provides a larger clickable area for small items, like checkboxes or radio buttons, so that if the user clicks on the text within the <label> element, it toggles the control.


Syntax

The basic syntax of the <dl> tag is given with:

<label for="control id" > ... </label>

The example below shows the <label> tag in action.

  • <form>
  •     <input type="radio" name="gender" value="male" id="male">
  •     <label for="male">Male</label>
  •     <input type="radio" name="gender" value="female" id="female">
  •     <label for="female">Female</label>
  • </form>

Tag-Specific Attributes

The following table shows the attributes that are specific to the <label> tag.

Attribute Value Description
for form-control-id Specifies which form control a label relates to.
form form-id Specifies the <form> element that the <label> element is associated with (its form owner).

Global Attributes

Like all other HTML tags, the <label> tag supports the global attributes in HTML5.


Event Attributes

The <label> tag also supports the event attributes in HTML5.


Browser Compatibility

The <label> tag is supported in all major modern browsers.

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Basic Support—

  • Firefox 1+
  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Internet Explorer 4+
  • Apple Safari 1+
  • Opera 4+

Further Reading

See tutorial on: HTML Forms.

Other form-related tags: <form>, <fieldset>, <legend>, <input>, <textarea>, <select>, <optgroup>, <option>, <button>.

 
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