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HTML <legend> Tag

The <legend> tag defines the caption for the group of form elements, grouped by the <fieldset> tag. In the browser, the group of form elements are framed, and the content of the <legend> tag is inserted into this frame.


The <legend> tag comes in pairs; the content is written between the opening (<legend>) and the closing (</legend>) tags. Generally, the <legend> tag is defined as the first element in the <fieldset> parent element.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
        <legend>Personal data:</legend>
        Name: <input type="text"><br/><br/>
        E-mail: <input type="text"><br/><br/>
        Date of birth: <input type="text"><br/><br/>
        Place of birth: <input type="text">



Attribute Value Description
align top
Defines the alignment of the caption.
Not supported in HTML5.

The <legend> tag supports the Global Attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <legend> tag

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <legend> tag:?

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick. CSS text-transform Property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style

Coloring text in <legend> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <legend> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signaled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <legend> tag

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