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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>

More "Try it Yourself" examples below.


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>

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>

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;
}