Read Only TextArea box

I an interested in seeing if there is such a thing as a Read Only TextArea box. I would like to be able to scroll to view all the text but not to be able to write to it. While I got you here how many is the maximum characters in a TextArea box?

That’s not really the point of a textarea box. Perhaps you should be using a different element. What’s the context of this?

While I got you here how many is the maximum characters in a TextArea box?

I’m not aware of there being a maximum, unless you set one. Would be interesting to know for sure, though. I can imagine a browser might choke if you tried to insert something like a whole novel, though. :slight_smile:

Yes there is a ‘readonly’ attribute for the INPUT and TEXTAREA element preventing the user from editing the content of the text or password input types and read-only elements are still submitted with the form. There is also a ‘disabled’ attribute to disable the control.

The ‘size’ and ‘maxlength’ attributes provide the suggestive number of characters and maximum number of characters of the text field. I suspect you are wanting something special like a ‘terms and conditions’ to display.

If you want to show something like T & C’s like ralph.m suggested then I wouldn’t use a form control element like textarea either.

You could do something like this instead.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
<html xmlns="">
        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=utf-8" />
        <style type="text/css">
            #TnC {
                width: 600px;
                height: 200px;
                overflow-y: scroll;
                margin: 20px auto 20px auto;
                padding: 10px 10px 20px 10px;
                border: 1px solid red;
        <div id="TnC">
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