HTML 4 button Tag

Also see HTML5 <button> Tag.

This page contains information about the HTML 4 version of this element. For a more up to date version, see HTML5 <button> Tag.

The HTML button tag is used for creating a button within forms.

Although you can also use the <input> tag to create an HTML button, the <button> tag does have some advantages. In particular, you can place HTML between the <button></button> tags. This enables you to do things you wouldn't normally be able to with the <input> tag.

Example 1

Example 2


Attributes specific to this tag:
nameAssigns the name of the button control.
valueAssigns an initial value to the button.
typeSpecifies the type of button. Possible values:
  • submit (default)
  • reset
  • button
Other Attributes:
classDocument wide identifier.
idDocument wide identifier
langLanguage code
dirSpecifies the direction of the text
disabledDisables the button. The button won't work when clicked. It also cannot receive focus and will be skipped when tabbing.
accesskeyAccess keys (or shortcut keys)
tabindexHelps determine the tabbing order (when the user 'tabs' through the elements on the page).
titleSpecifies a title to associate with the element. Many browsers will display this when the cursor hovers over the element (similar to a "tool tip").
styleInline style (CSS)
onfocusIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onblurIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onclickIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
ondbclickIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onmousedownIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onmouseupIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onmouseoverIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onmousemoveIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onmouseoutIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onkeypressIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onkeydownIntrinsic event (see event handlers)
onkeyupIntrinsic event (see event handlers)

HTML5 Tags

The information on this page is based on HTML version 4.01. Most modern browsers now support HTML5, which is the next version of HTML after HTML 4.01.

See HTML5 <button> Tag for the HTML5 version of the above element.

Also see this list of HTML 5 tags for the latest version of HTML.