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HTML value Attribute


Definition and Usage

For <button>, <input> and <option> elements, the value attribute specifies the initial value of the element.

For <li> elements, the value attribute sets the value of the list item (for ordered lists). The next list items will increment from that value.

For <meter> elements, the value attribute specifies the current value of the gauge.

For <progress> elements, the value attribute specifies how much of the task has been completed.

For <param> elements, the value attribute specifies the value of the parameter.


Applies to

The value attribute can be used on the following elements:

Elements Attribute
<button> value
<input> value
<meter> value
<li> value
<option> value
<progress> value
<param> value

Examples

<button> Example

Two buttons with equal names, that submit different values when clicked:

<form action="/action_page.php" method="get">
  Choose your favorite subject:
  <button name="subject" type="submit" value="fav_HTML">HTML</button>
  <button name="subject" type="submit" value="fav_CSS">CSS</button>
</form>
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<input> Example

An HTML form with initial (default) values:

<form action="/action_page.php">
  First name: <input type="text" name="fname" value="John"><br>
  Last name: <input type="text" name="lname" value="Doe"><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit form">
</form>
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<li> Example

Use of the value attribute in an ordered list:

<ol>
  <li value="100">Coffee</li>
  <li>Tea</li>
  <li>Milk</li>
  <li>Water</li>
  <li>Juice</li>
  <li>Beer</li>
</ol>
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<meter> Example

A gauge with a current value, min, max, high, and low segments:

<meter min="0" low="40" high="90" max="100" value="95"></meter>
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<option> Example

A drop-down list inside an HTML form:

<form action="/action_page.php">
  <select name="cars">
    <option value="volvo">Volvo XC90</option>
    <option value="saab">Saab 95</option>
    <option value="mercedes">Mercedes SLK</option>
    <option value="audi">Audi TT</option>
  </select>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">
</form>
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<progress> Example

Downloading in progress:

<progress value="22" max="100"></progress>
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<param> Example

Set the "autoplay" parameter to "true", so the sound will start playing as soon as the page loads:

<object data="horse.wav">
  <param name="autoplay" value="true">
</object>
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Browser Support

The value attribute has the following browser support for each element:

Element
button Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
input 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
li Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
meter 8.0 13.0 6.0 6.0 11.0
option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
progress 8.0 10.0 16.0 6.0 11.0
param Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes