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The twitter bootstrap (3 and 4) documentation is pretty clear on how to handle a lot of different form input types. However, it lacks information on the recommended way to have an element for a “large” text input field. For example to type an email or letter in (preferably with a maximum character count).

What is the recommended way to handle this in bootstrap or in “modern” HTML/CSS in general?



  1. Instead of using input field. I would recommend you use textarea


    <textarea class="form-control">
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    You can use jQuery to resize the textarea while typing.

    $("textarea").height( $("textarea")[0].scrollHeight );


    textarea {
    width: 300px;



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  2. I think what you are looking for is the HTML <textarea> element. This can be used with Bootstrap like any other input element. Wrap it in a form-group container and add the class form-control to the textarea itself.


    Unfortunately, the textarea element does not accept a maxlength argument like input fields. To use a maximum character count to need to handle this with javascript.

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