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HTML HTML Forms Form Basics Create a Textarea

What is the purpose of the "name" attribute and how does it differ from the id attribute?

I felt like it was glossed over in the lesson on forms but I didn't really pick it up.

1 Answer

Wayne Priestley
Wayne Priestley
19,579 Points

Hi Will,

One of the reasons for the name attribute is so that it can be used by the server to identify the the fields in submitted forms.
id is used to identify html with the purpose of manipulating the appearance with css.

Is this covered further elsewhere? I would love to learn how to, for example, create a comment section for blog posts on my website.

Wayne Priestley
Wayne Priestley
19,579 Points

I'm not sure Will,

A comment section would be a pretty simple form but would require some php to get things working.