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HTML HTML Forms Organizing Forms Fieldsets and Legends

Samuel Benson
Samuel Benson
2,496 Points

Legends or Labels?

Why use legends? why not use the label attribute? To me the legend attribute is the same as the label attribute. Any thoughts?

3 Answers

Miroslav Kovac
Miroslav Kovac
11,440 Points

Legend should be used to describe group of fields (fieldset) and label should be used to describe only one field. Also most browser display legend tag as display: block and label is displayed as display: inline. So there is difference.

Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
Jeff Jacobson-Swartfager
15,417 Points

A legend is a caption for a fieldset (spec). A label is a caption for a bit of UI (spec).

So, a legend is for a group of things while a label is for a specific thing.

Samuel Benson
Samuel Benson
2,496 Points

Thank you for your replies gentlemen! So browsers display them differently.. Nick didn't quite get that across.