HTML Forms class > Lesson 1 – Basics of HTML Forms

Building a form page is the first step to putting up an HTML form. In order to build a form, you need to have a Web page to put it in.

The FORM tag is the basis of all HTML forms. If you don’t have a <form> tag, then you don’t have a form. Don’t worry too much about the value in the action attribute just yet. We’ll cover that in a later lesson.

The Input Tag

The INPUT tag is the form tag that lets you collect information. You place the <input /> tags inside your <form> tag and label them to collect the information your form needs.

The Textarea Tag

Sometimes you want to create larger text boxes than the <input /> tag supports. The TEXTAREA tag creates boxes of whatever size you need to collect longer answers for your forms.

The Select and Option Tags

The SELECT and OPTION tags work together to help you create drop-down selection lists for your customers to choose options. Web developers use drop-down menus on their forms to help limit the answer choices by their customers. You need both the <select> and <option> tags to create a drop-down menu.

Optional Information
Other Form Tags

If you’re looking for more to read about HTML form tags, this is a great place to start. There are many other tags you can use for HTML forms. This page lists many of the more advanced HTML form tags you can use.

HOMEWORK: Build Your First Form
Build Your First HTML Form

Follow the instructions in this article to create your first simple HTML form. Feel free to add more input tags or even a drop-down menu. This article includes information on using mailto to create a mailto form that actually works. We’ll discuss this more in a later lesson.

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