The contenteditable global attribute is an enumerated attribute indicating if the element should be editable by the user. If so, the browser modifies its widget to allow editing.

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The attribute must take one of the following values:

  • true or an empty string, which indicates that the element is editable.
  • false, which indicates that the element is not editable.

If the attribute is given without a value, like <label contenteditable>Example Label</label>, its value is treated as an empty string.

If this attribute is missing or its value is invalid, its value is inherited from its parent element: so the element is editable if its parent is editable.

Note that although its allowed values include true and false, this attribute is an enumerated one and not a Boolean one.

You can set the color used to draw the text insertion caret with the CSS caret-color property.


HTML Standard
# attr-contenteditable

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