How to Add a Default Value to HTML textarea Element?

Find out how to set default value for the HTML textarea element

Unlike the HTML <input> element, the <textarea> element does not have a value attribute to set the default value. To do that on an HTML <textarea> element, the value must be added between the opening and closing tags, for example, like so:

<textarea>Default value goes here...</textarea>

The <textarea> element supports multi-line content, therefore, any line-breaks (or whitespaces) added between the opening and closing tags would be interpreted as is. For example, the following would set the default value on the <textarea> element split over three lines:

<textarea>
Line 1
Line 2
Line 3
</textarea>

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