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This article is the September contest winner. The author provides a basic tutorial of HTML, with code samples illustrating headings, lists, background colors, using the Frame tag and more.

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By: Anand Narayanaswamy
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October 11, 2004
  1. · HTML Tutorial
  2. · Paragraph Tags, Attributes and Headings
  3. · Using Lists
  4. · Indents and Links
  5. · Working with Images
  6. · Working with Tables
  7. · Working with Frames
  8. · Using Forms, Text, Buttons, and Combo Box
  9. · Text Area, Check Box, and Radio Buttons
  10. · Additional Tags
  11. · Drawing Lines, SUB and SUP Tags
  12. · Test Yourself Questions

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HTML Tutorial - Using Forms, Text, Buttons, and Combo Box
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Forms are used widely on nearly all Web pages. Web sites collect feedback information, registration details through these forms. If you have ever signed up for free web pages, free email services from yahoo, hotmail etc you may be already aware and familiar with forms. They are applied using <FORM> </FORM> tag. This tag accepts one important attribute namely action, which is used to specify the path for the specified action. HTML forms mainly consist of various form elements, which are specified using <INPUT>tag. This tag accepts many attributes, which are elaborated below along with Form elements.

Text Field

This element is used to enter texts like usernames, addresses etc. Its main attributes are type (value = text), size (value = “Any numeric value”), Maxlength (Value = “Any numeric value”). In the code given below, a user can enter 30 characters initially and then the text scrolls to the left.

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    <INPUT type = “text” size = “30”>


One of the most important form elements is Button. They serve an integral part in an HTML form. They are mainly used to trigger actions. There are two types of buttons, which are Submit and Reset. Submit buttons delivers the entire data on the form to the server while Reset button clears all your previous entries. The important attributes are type (value = Submit or Reset), Value (value = “Any Text like OK, Cancel”). To create a button labeled Click here, you have to code like as shown below:

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    <INPUT type = “submit” value = “Click here”>

Combo box

These boxes enable you to pick an item from a set of values. They are applied using <SELECT> tag as shown below:

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<SELECT name = "s1">

The above code creates a list of 3 countries. However, as said before users can select any one item at a time. You can change this behavior by applying an attribute named multiple as shown below:

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<SELECT name = "s1" multiple>

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