The spellcheck global attribute is an enumerated attribute defines whether the element may be checked for spelling errors.

It may have the following values:

  • true, which indicates that the element should be, if possible, checked for spelling errors;
  • false, which indicates that the element should not be checked for spelling errors.

Note: The spellcheck attribute is an enumerated one and not a Boolean one. This means that the explicit usage of one of the values true or false is mandatory, and that a shorthand like <textarea spellcheck></textarea> is not allowed. The correct usage is <textarea spellcheck="true"></textarea>.

If this attribute is not set, its default value is element-type and browser-defined. This default value may also be inherited, which means that the element content will be checked for spelling errors only if its nearest ancestor has a spellcheck state of true.

This attribute is merely a hint for the browser: browsers are not required to check for spelling errors. Typically non-editable elements are not checked for spelling errors, even if the spellcheck attribute is set to true and the browser supports spellchecking.


Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'spellcheck' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from latest snapshot, HTML 5.1
HTML 5.1
The definition of 'spellcheck' in that specification.
Recommendation Snapshot of HTML Living Standard, initial definition

Browser compatibility

ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
spellcheckChrome Full support 9Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support YesIE Full support 11Opera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support 47Chrome Android Full support 47Firefox Android Full support 57Opera Android Full support 37Safari iOS Full support 9.3Samsung Internet Android Full support 5.0


Full support
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