cftextarea

Puts a multiline text entry box in a cfform tag and
controls its display characteristics.

 <cftextarea name="">

 cftextarea(name="");

cftextarea Attribute Reference

name string
Required

Name of the cftextinput control.

label string

Label to put beside the control on a form.

style string

In HTML or XML format forms, ColdFusion passes the
style attribute to the browser or XML.
In Flash format forms, must be a style specification in
CSS format, with the same syntax and contents as used
in Macromedia Flex for the corresponding Flash element.

required boolean
Default: false

- true: the field must contain text.
- false: the field can be empty.
Default: false
Values:
  • true
  • false

html boolean
Default: false

Boolean value that specifies whether the text area contains HTML.
Default: false
Values:
  • true
  • false

validate string

The type or types of validation to do. Available validation
types and algorithms depend on the format. For details,
see the Usage section of the cfinput tag reference.

validateat string
Default: onSubmit

How to do the validation. For Flash format forms, onSubmit
and onBlur are identical; validation is done on submit.
For multiple values, use a comma-delimited list.
For details, see the Usage section of the cfinput tag
reference.
Default: onSubmit
Values:
  • onSubmit
  • onServer
  • onBlur

message string

Message text to display if validation fails.

range string

Minimum and maximum numeric allowed values. ColdFusion
uses this attribute only if you specify range in the
validate attribute.
If you specify a single number or a single number a
followed by a comma, it is treated as a minimum, with no
maximum. If you specify a comma followed by a number,
the maximum is set to the specified number, with no
minimum.

maxlength numeric

The maximum length of text that can be entered.
ColdFusion uses this attribute only if you specify
maxlength in the validate attribute.

pattern string

JavaScript regular expression pattern to validate input.
Omit leading and trailing slashes. ColdFusion uses this
attribute only if you specify regex in the validate attribute.

onvalidate string

Custom JavaScript function to validate user input. The
JavaScript DOM form object, input object, and input
object value are passed to routine, which should return
True if validation succeeds, False otherwise. If you specify
this attribute, ColdFusion ignores the validate attribute.

onerror string

Custom JavaScript function to execute if validation fails.

disabled boolean
Default: false

Disables user input, making the control read-only. To
disable input, specify disabled without an attribute, or
disabled="true". To enable input, omit the attribute or
specify disabled="false".
Default: false
Values:
  • true
  • false

value string

Initial value to display in text control. You can specify an
initial value as an attribute or in the tag body, but not in
both places. If you specify the value as an attribute, you
must put the closing cftextarea tag immediately after the
opening cftextarea tag, with no spaces or line feeds between,
or place a closing slash at the end of the opening cftextarea
tag. For example:

bind string

Flash only: A Flex bind expression that populates the field with
information from other form fields.

onkeyup string

JavaScript (HTML/XML) or ActionScript (Flash) to run
when the user releases a keyboard key in the control.

onkeydown string

JavaScript (HTML/XML) or ActionScript (Flash)
ActionScript to run when the user presses a keyboard
key in the control.

onmouseup string

JavaScript (HTML/XML) or ActionScript (Flash) to run
when the user presses a mouse button in the control.

onmousedown string

JavaScript (HTML/XML) or ActionScript (Flash) to run
when the user releases a mouse button in the control.

onchange string

JavaScript (HTML/XML) or ActionScript (Flash) to run
when the control changes due to user action.

onclick string

JavaScript (HTML/XML) to run when the user clicks the
control. Not supported for Flash forms.

enabled boolean
Default: true

Flash only: Boolean value specifying whether the control is enabled.
A disabled control appears in light gray. The inverse of the
diabled attribute.
Default: true
Values:
  • true
  • false

visible boolean
Default: true

Flash only: Boolean value specifying whether to
show the control. Space that would be occupied by an
invisible control is blank.
Default: true
Values:
  • true
  • false

tooltip string

Flash only: Text to display when the mouse pointer hovers
over the control.

height numeric

Flash only: The height of the control, in pixels.

width numeric

Flash only: The width of the control, in pixels.

basepath string

Path to the directory that contains the rich text editor. The editor configuration files are at the top level of this directory.

bindattribute string

Specifies the HTML tag attribute whose value is set by the bind attribute. You can only specify attributes in the browser's HTML DOM tree, not ColdFusion-specific attributes.

bindonload boolean
Default: false

A Boolean value that specifies whether to execute the bind attribute expression when first loading the form.
Values:
  • true
  • false

fontformats string

A comma separated list of the font names to display in the rich text editor Formats selector. The formats specify the HTML tags to apply to typed or selected text.

fontnames string

A comma separated list of the font names to display in the rich text editor Font selector.

fontsizes string

A comma separated list of the font sizes to display in the rich text editor Size selector. List entries must have the format of numeric font size/descriptive text.

onbinderror string

The name of a JavaScript function to execute if evaluating a bind expression results in an error. The function must take two attributes: an HTTP status code and a message.

richtext boolean
Default: false

A Boolean value specifying whether this control is a rich text editor with tool bars to control the text formatting.
Values:
  • true
  • false

skin string
Default: default

Specifies the skin to be used for the rich text editor. By default, the valid values are Default, silver, and office2003.
You can also create custom skins that you can then specify in this attribute.
Values:
  • default
  • silver
  • office2003

wrap string

* hard: wraps long lines, and sends the carriage return to the server.
* off: does not wrap long lines.
* physical: wraps long lines, and transmits the text at all wrap points.
* soft: wraps long lines, but does not send the carriage return to the server.
* virtual: wraps long lines, but does not send the carriage return to the server.
Values:
  • hard
  • off
  • physical
  • virtual
  • soft

sourcefortooltip string

The URL of a page to display as a tool tip.
The page can include CFML and HTML to control the contents and format, and the tip can include images.
If you specify this attribute, an animated icon appears with the text "Loading..." while the tip is being loaded.

stylesxml string

The path of the file that defines the styles in the rich text editor Styles selector.
Relative paths start at the directory that contains the fckeditor.html file, normally cf_webRoot/CFIDE/scripts/ajax/FCKeditor/editor.

templatesxml string

The pathof the file that defines the templates that are displayed when you click the rich text editor Templates icon.

toolbar string

Specifies the rich text editor toolbar. By default, the valid values for this attribute are: Default, a complete set of controls, and Basic, a minimal configuration.

toolbaronfocus boolean

A Boolean value that specifies whether the rich text editor toolbar expands and displays its controls only when the rich text editor has the focus.

secureUpload boolean

If true, enables secure upload using FCKeditor.
For secure upload, you must have
sessionManagement set to yes. Secure upload does not work if sessionManagement is set to false.
Values:
  • true
  • false

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