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<button> vs <input type="button" />

Written byPhuoc Nguyen
19 Jun, 2020
Last updated
25 Aug, 2020


  1. `<button>` can contain HTML. `<input type="button" />` on the other hand is an empty element (such as `br`, `hr`, `image`), therefore it cannot contain content.
  2. `<button>` supports pseudo-elements such as `:after` and `:before` which is very useful to style the button. Whereas `<input type="button" />` doesn't.
  3. By default, `<button>` has the default attribute `type="submit"`. It means that if the `type` attribute isn't specified, clicking the button will submit its enclosing form.
    If you want the `input` to behave as a submit button, we have to change the `type` attribute to `submit`.

Good practices

  1. The `button` element is more semantic than the `input` with type of `button`. It's recommended to use the `button` element if you want to create a clickable button.
  2. Always specific the `type` attribute for the `button` element. The possible values are
`submit`The button submits the form data to the server
`reset`Resets form inputs to initial values
`button`By default, it does nothing when pressed
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