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HTML <textarea> maxlength Attribute

HTML textarea Tag Reference HTML <textarea> tag

Example

A text area with a maximum length of 50 characters:

<textarea maxlength="50">
Enter text here...
</textarea>

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Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The maxlength attribute is supported in Internet Explorer 10+, Firefox, Opera 15+, Chrome, and Safari.

Note: The maxlength attribute of the <textarea> tag is not supported in Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions, or in Opera 12 and earlier versions.


Definition and Usage

The maxlength attribute specifies the maximum length (in characters) of a text area.


Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The maxlength attribute is new for the <textarea> tag in HTML5.


Syntax

<textarea maxlength="number">

Attribute Values

Value Description
number The maximum number of characters allowed in the text area


HTML textarea Tag Reference HTML <textarea> tag

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