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The New HTML5 Datalist Element

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The New HTML5 Datalist Element

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The HTML5 <datalist> element specifies a list of pre-defined options for an <input> element and it works like an “autocomplete” feature for users :
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>

<form action="login.php" method="post">
User:
<input list="username" name="username" />
<datalist id="username">
  <option value="Aaron">
  <option value="Rafael">
  <option value="Cale">
  <option value="Eddie">
  <option value="Valentin">
</datalist>
Password:
<input type="password" />
<input type="submit" value="Login" />
</form>

</body>
</html>

And the output will be:

 
 
The <datalist> tag is currently supported in Firefox and Opera. We can just hope that other browsers will soon support this great feature.

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