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Ron Thigpen

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Form element labels aid usability by allowing users to click label text to select radio and checkbox elements. They are implemented using the <label for="elementID"> tag, in conjuction with the ID attribute of the <input> tag. Adding a style selector for labels lets you change the cursor (and other style accessible presentation characteristics) to indicate the clickable labels. This works in IE5+, and Moz0.9+. Older, non-compliant browsers will simply ignore the



<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">


<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1">

<title>Form Label Example</title>


label {cursor: hand;}




<form action="formlabel.htm" method="post" name="theform" id="theform">

<label for="input1">Input 1 Label</label>

<input type="radio" name="input" id="input1"><br>

<label for="input2">Input 2 Label</label>

<input type="radio" name="input" id="input2"><br>

<label for="input3">Input 3 Label</label>

<input type="radio" name="input" id="input3"><br>


<label for="input4">Input 4 Label</label>

<input type="checkbox" name="check1" id="input4"><br>

<label for="input5">Input 5 Label</label>

<input type="checkbox" name="check2" id="input5"><br>

<label for="input6">Input 6 Label</label>

<input type="checkbox" name="check3" id="input6"><br>




W3 Reference

W3 HTML 4.01 reference -- label element

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