HTML <label> Tag


Two radio buttons with labels:

<form action="demo_form.asp">
  <label for="male">Male</label>
  <input type="radio" name="sex" id="male" value="male"><br>
  <label for="female">Female</label>
  <input type="radio" name="sex" id="female" value="female"><br>
  <input type="submit" value="Submit">

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Definition and Usage

The <label> tag defines a label for an <input> element.

The <label> element does not render as anything special for the user. However, it provides a usability improvement for mouse users, because if the user clicks on the text within the <label> element, it toggles the control.

The for attribute of the <label> tag should be equal to the id attribute of the related element to bind them together.

Browser Support

<label> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Tips and Notes

Tip: A label can be bound to an element either by using the "for" attribute, or by placing the element inside the <label> element.

Differences Between HTML 4.01 and HTML5

The "form" attribute is new in HTML5.


= New in HTML5.

Attribute Value Description
for element_id Specifies which form element a label is bound to
form form_id Specifies one or more forms the label belongs to

Global Attributes

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

Event Attributes

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

Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Label Object

Default CSS Settings

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


label {
    cursor: default;

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