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How To Use the HTML5 Datalist Element

Updated on October 12, 2020
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    Alligator.io and Matt Abrams

    How To Use the HTML5 Datalist Element

    Introduction

    You can give your text inputs a little boost using the <datalist> element. It’s a bit like a blend of <input> and <select>. This article will outline how to use it.

    Prerequisites

    Using the <datalist> Element

    This is how you can use the <datalist> element in your HTML5 markup:

    <label for="favorite-band">Your favorite band?</label>
    <input list="fish"
    name="fish-choice" id="fish-choice>" />
    
    <datalist id="fish">
        <option value="Shark">
        <option value="Tuna">
        <option value="Ulua">
    </datalist>
    

    Conclusion

    The <datalist> element is a useful feature of HTML.

    For a more comprehensive review of the HTML5 markup language, explore our series, How To Build a Website in HTML.

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