An HTML text area:
The <textarea> tag is supported in all major browsers.
The <textarea> tag defines a multi-line text input control.
A text area can hold an unlimited number of characters, and the text renders in a fixed-width font (usually Courier).
The size of a text area can be specified by the cols and rows attributes, or even better; through CSS' height and width properties.
HTML5 has added several new attributes.
New : New in HTML5.
|autofocusNew||autofocus||Specifies that a text area should automatically get focus when the page loads|
|cols||number||Specifies the visible width of a text area|
|disabled||disabled||Specifies that a text area should be disabled|
|formNew||form_id||Specifies one or more forms the text area belongs to|
|maxlengthNew||number||Specifies the maximum number of characters allowed in the text area|
|name||text||Specifies a name for a text area|
|placeholderNew||text||Specifies a short hint that describes the expected value of a text area|
|readonly||readonly||Specifies that a text area should be read-only|
|requiredNew||required||Specifies that a text area is required/must be filled out|
|rows||number||Specifies the visible number of lines in a text area|
|Specifies how the text in a text area is to be wrapped when submitted in a form|
The <textarea> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.
The <textarea> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.
HTML DOM reference: Textarea object
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