disabled (HTML attribute)

Spec
Depr. Version
No HTML 3.02
Browser support (more…)
IE5.5+ FF1+ SA1.3+ OP9.2+ CH2+
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Syntax

disabled="disabled"

Description

The disabled attribute stops the user from interacting with the form control. In this case, it prevents the user from clicking on the textarea, tabbing to it with the keyboard, or gaining access to any default text that appears inside the textarea.

The most likely application for this attribute is to disable a textarea until such a time as some other condition has been met (for example, a checkbox is ticked to confirm the user’s acceptance of terms and conditions). At this point, JavaScript would be required to remove the "disabled" value, making the form control usable.

Example

The disabled attribute prevents the textarea from being used:
<form>
  <label for="perfectday">Describe your perfect day:</label>
  <textarea id="perfectday" disabled="disabled" name="perfectday"
      accesskey="d" cols="40" rows="10"></textarea>
  <input type="submit" value="Tell us"/>
</form>

Value

"disabled" is the only value this attribute can accept.

Compatibility

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It causes no compatibility issues, and has excellent support across all tested browsers.

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