I Have a freemember form. I originally had a comments text area coded manually:

<textarea name="register_comments"></textarea>

But this meant that the field emptied if you submitted the form with a required field empty. To get round this I'm trying to generate the field using a field tag:


But this outputs a text input rather than a text area. I've made sure that the field is set to 'Text Area' in the EE admin.

Is there any way round this?


  • Hi Ben - you can format code (using markdown) by indenting 4 spaces (or select text and click the {} button in the text editor) Aug 8, 2013 at 16:53

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You will want to use something along the lines of

<textarea name="register_comments">

To get the previously entered contents of the field.

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