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HTML <legend> Tag


Example

Group related elements in a form:

<form action="/action_page.php">
  <fieldset>
    <legend>Personalia:</legend>
    <label for="fname">First name:</label>
    <input type="text" id="fname" name="fname"><br><br>
    <label for="lname">Last name:</label>
    <input type="text" id="lname" name="lname"><br><br>
    <label for="email">Email:</label>
    <input type="email" id="email" name="email"><br><br>
    <label for="birthday">Birthday:</label>
    <input type="date" id="birthday" name="birthday"><br><br>
    <input type="submit" value="Submit">
  </fieldset>
</form>
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Definition and Usage

The <legend> tag defines a caption for the <fieldset> element.


Browser Support

Element
<legend> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Global Attributes

The <legend> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

The <legend> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.



More Examples

Example

Let the fieldset caption float to the right (with CSS):

<form action="/action_page.php">
  <fieldset>
    <legend style="float:right">Personalia:</legend>
    <label for="fname">First name:</label>
    <input type="text" id="fname" name="fname"><br><br>
    <label for="lname">Last name:</label>
    <input type="text" id="lname" name="lname"><br><br>
    <label for="email">Email:</label>
    <input type="email" id="email" name="email"><br><br>
    <label for="birthday">Birthday:</label>
    <input type="date" id="birthday" name="birthday"><br><br>
    <input type="submit" value="Submit">
  </fieldset>
</form>
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Example

Use CSS to style <fieldset> and <legend>:

<html>
<head>
<style>
fieldset {
  background-color: #eeeeee;
}

legend {
  background-color: gray;
  color: white;
  padding: 5px 10px;
}

input {
  margin: 5px;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<form action="/action_page.php">
  <fieldset>
    <legend>Personalia:</legend>
    <label for="fname">First name:</label>
    <input type="text" id="fname" name="fname"><br><br>
    <label for="lname">Last name:</label>
    <input type="text" id="lname" name="lname"><br><br>
    <label for="email">Email:</label>
    <input type="email" id="email" name="email"><br><br>
    <label for="birthday">Birthday:</label>
    <input type="date" id="birthday" name="birthday"><br><br>
    <input type="submit" value="Submit">
  </fieldset>
</form>

</body>
</html>
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Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Legend Object


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <legend> element with the following default values:

Example

legend {
  display: block;
  padding-left: 2px;
  padding-right: 2px;
  border: none;
}
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