option element



Option element is used to create the options/choices in a drop down list box.
<select> <option value="Text">Text</option> </select>
Element Specific attributes supported by this element are:
disabled disabled A particular option will be disabled.
label text Provides shorter label for an option.
selected selected When the page gets loaded, it makes a particular option selected as default.
value text Value should be sent to the server.

Example Code:

Result :

What is the capital of Switzerland?

  • It must be placed inside the <select>.
  • In HTML 4.01, the <datalist> cannot include this element.
It is available in the previous versions of HTML.
It supports both Global Attributes and Event Attributes in HTML5.


It is applicable to all major browsers.

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