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HTML HTML Forms Organizing Forms The Label Element

6,657 Points

Do we really need to have the "for" attribute in a label ?

It only directs the user to the input. I think that the user can click on the input himself. Often, the input boxes are bigger and easier to click than a tiny label. So, I am unable to see how the for attribute can be useful.

2 Answers

Tiffany McAllister
Tiffany McAllister
25,806 Points

I believe the for attribute also helps assistive technologies identify the correct label for each field for people with disabilities. So yes, I would say that it's probably best to always use the for attribute.

Alexander Efremov
Alexander Efremov
15,409 Points

You can use labels without "for" attribute, but still have this "click on the label" feature. Just use another syntax:

         <p>Just another syntax for labels: wrap our input</p>
         <form action="#" method="post">
             <input type="text" id="name" name="user_name">