The ime-mode property is a non-standard property used in CSS and certain HTML elements. This property controls the state of the input method editor for text fields. It was introduced in IE 5 and Gecko 1.9.


  • auto - No change is made to the current input method editor state. This is the default.
  • normal - The IME state should be normal; this value can be used in a user style sheet to override the page setting. This value is not supported by Internet Explorer.
  • active - The input method editor is initially active; text entry is performed using it unless the user specifically dismisses it. Not supported on Linux.
  • inactive - The input method editor is initially inactive, but the user may activate it if they wish. Not supported on Linux.
  • disabled - The input method editor is disabled and may not be activated by the user.

HTML example:

<input type="text" name="name" value="initial value" style="ime-mode:disabled;"> 

CSS example:

input[type=password] {

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