This element is a user-editable hypertext area. There is no limit on the amount of data which may be entered.


A unique identifier for this input field.


The contents of the field give the initial (default) value. The HTEXTAREA element takes the same content as an HTML BODY element.

Submission value

The value of the HTEXTAREA field is returned in HTML.

Typical rendering

A graphical user interface would typically allow a user to edit the area with full wysiwyg hypertext editing capabilities. The area might be represented in a seperate window for editing if this is easier, or the input field should be allowed to strech and/or scroll as the content grows.


This element is proposed for inclusion at some level greater than 2. Experimental implementations without hypertext editing capability might for example allow users to edit source HTML for the response, or a
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