fieldset is a useful tool for organizing and grouping related items within a form, and has been used for a long time in desktop applications. When it’s combined with the legend (which is contained inside the
fieldset, and is a required element if you use the
fieldset), it has the effect of creating a box around the grouped items and showing a description to the right of each item, as shown below.
It’s also possible to nest fieldsets as a means to subgroup items, as shown here:
fieldset element is used to group three related XFN attributes (see the Microformats section regarding XFN):
<form> <fieldset> <legend>Friendship</legend> <input type="radio" name="radFriendship" value="Not_Applicable" id="radFriendNot_Applicable"/> <label for="radFriendNot_Applicable">Not_Applicable</label> <input type="radio" name="radFriendship" value="acquaintance" id="radFriendaquaintence"/> <label for="radFriendaquaintence">acquaintance</label> <input type="radio" name="radFriendship" value="friend" id="radFriendfriend"/> <label for="radFriendfriend">friend</label> </fieldset> ⋮ </form>
Use This For…
fieldset attribute is used to logically group data items that share some characteristics. For example, you may wrap a
fieldset around personal details, and another around work details, when capturing information about a visitor in an application form.
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