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Specifies a label for another element on the page.

Overview Table

DOM Interface HTMLLabelElement


View live exampleThis example uses the LABEL element and the ACCESSKEY attribute to set focus on a text box.

    #<SPAN style="text-decoration:underline;">1</SPAN>: Press Alt+1 to set focus to textbox
<INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="TXT1" VALUE="binding sample 1" 
       SIZE="20" TABINDEX="1" ID="oCtrlID">



To bind a LABEL to another control, set the FOR attribute of the LABEL element equal to the ID of the control. Binding a LABEL to the NAME attribute of the control has no effect. However, to submit a form, you must specify a NAME on the control to which the LABEL element is being bound. There are two ways to underline the designated access key. The rich text support in the LABEL element makes it possible to wrap the U element around the character in the label text specified by the ACCESSKEY attribute. If you prefer to use cascading style sheets (CSS) to apply style formatting, enclose the designated character in a SPAN and set the style to "text-decoration: underline". If the user clicks the LABEL, the onclick event fires on the LABEL and then on the control specified by the htmlFor property. Pressing the access key for the LABEL sets the focus but does not fire the onclick event. Labels cannot be nested.

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Portions of this content come from the Microsoft Developer Network: [Windows Internet Explorer API reference Article]