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HTML

Button VS Input tags

Hello, in the HTML course we didn't talk about the <button> tag. Well, i want to know more about it, what's the deference between <button> and <input>, and when to use this or that ?

2 Answers

the imput element is related to the form element, you can use button element as a submit button, if you use button element in a form its the same as the input (the type value is submit by default) you can use the button element for other actions in a form or other places of your app or web (via javascript) and use the input[type=submit] strictly for sending form action.

in few words you can use the button element for, buttons whit random actions or submit a form, YOU SHOULD NOT use the input element outside a form or for other action than submit/validate a form.

Hope thath helps

Buttons are more flexible. You can put HTML into them to improve your UI - such a tick image on your agree button.

This is why the button tag was originally created:

"Buttons created with the BUTTON element function just like buttons created with the INPUT element, but they offer richer rendering possibilities: the BUTTON element may have content. For example, a BUTTON element that contains an image functions like and may resemble an INPUT element whose type is set to “image”, but the BUTTON element type allows content."

The Button Element - W3C

There is much richer write up here: Rediscovering the button element

And this is a popular question on stackoverflow so lots of info there as well.