HTML <legend> Tag

The HTML <legend> tag represents a caption for a <fieldset> element.

The <legend> element can make your forms and other elements easier to understand for your users, as it allows them to see what the group of elements is for.

For example, a <legend> element could provide a <fieldset> element with a caption that reads "Name Details" and another could read "Address Details".


The <legend> tag is written as <legend></legend> with the caption inserted between the start and end tags.

Like this:


Basic tag usage

Here's a basic example to show how the <legend> tag can be used.

Add Styles

In this example, we add some styles to the <legend> and <fieldset> elements.


Attributes can be added to an HTML element to provide more information about how the element should appear or behave.

There are 3 kinds of attributes that you can add to your HTML tags: Element-specific, global, and event handler content attributes.

The <legend> element accepts the following attributes.

Element-Specific Attributes

This table shows the attributes that are specific to the <legend> tag/element.


Global Attributes

The following attributes are standard across all HTML5 elements. Therefore, you can use these attributes with the <legend> tag , as well as with all other HTML tags.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 global attributes.

Event Handler Content Attributes

Event handler content attributes enable you to invoke a script from within your HTML. The script is invoked when a certain "event" occurs. Each event handler content attribute deals with a different event.

Below are the standard HTML5 event handler content attributes.

Again, you can use any of these with the <legend> element, as well as any other HTML5 element.

For a full explanation of these attributes, see HTML 5 event handler content attributes.

Differences Between HTML 4 & HTML 5

The align attribute is not supported in HTML5 (it was deprecated in HTML 4). Use the CSS text-align property instead.

To see more detail on the two versions see HTML5 <legend> Tag and HTML4 <legend> Tag. Also check out the links to the official specifications below.


Here's a template for the <legend> tag with all available attributes for the tag (based on HTML5). These are grouped into attribute types, each type separated by a space. In many cases, you will probably only need one or two (if any) attributes. Simply remove the attributes you don't need.

For more information on attributes for this tag, see HTML5 <legend> Tag and HTML4 <legend> Tag.

Tag Details

For more details about the <legend> tag, see HTML5 <legend> Tag and HTML4 <legend> Tag.


Here are the official specifications for the <legend> element.

What's the Difference?

W3C creates "snapshot" specifications that don't change once defined. So the HTML5 specification won't change once it becomes an official recommendation. WHATWG on the other hand, develops a "living standard" that is updated on a regular basis. In general, you will probably find that the HTML living standard will be more closely aligned to the current W3C draft than to the HTML5 specification.