|use it, but don't rely on it|
SOFT wraps long lines in the text area for easy editing, much like a word processor. It does not, however, send the carriage returns to the server. This type of wrap is probably the most useful because it is the easiest for the user to edit, but it does not actually change any of their data.
HARD looks to the user like
SOFT, but the carriage returns the user sees are sent to the server.
OFF does not wrap at all; it displays and sends the text exactly as typed in.
PHYSICAL. Netscape introduced these attributes a few years ago as proposed extensions to HTML 3.0, then abandoned them. Officially, the HTML 4.0 specs don't list WRAP, but Netscape and MSIE list
WRAP = HARD | SOFT | OFFin their guides. It's best to stick these three values. Copyright 1997-2002 Idocs Inc. Content in this guide is offered freely to the public under the terms of the Open Content License and the Open Publication License. Contents may be redistributed or republished freely under these terms so long as credit to the original creator and contributors is maintained.