When date input was added by HTML5, many believed that it would offer the users a friendly, interactive and known method of entering a date on a website. However; this new addition has failed to live up to the expectations and the major reason behind it remains the fickle nature of the format of the input given by the user.
Originally, the date input attribute was designed as a form element to pick values through a datepicker. The problem however, lies in the implementation of datepicker which changes from browser to browser. What it essentially means is that as a web designer you must be intending to allow user to pick a date in the format YYYY/MM/DD via datepicker and you designed your HTML validations accordingly, but when the user accesses the webpage through the browser on his system, he might see a completely different sequence of selections depending upon the default date settings in his/her system and the browser used.
Now there is no said rule in HTML5 that would allow the web designers to change the format in which the date element picks values. Therefore, the rigidness of the date element prompted designers to look for other ways to alter the format of the date to be entered by the user. [click to continue…]
The CSS code above styles a button with class ‘checkout’. The default color of the button is blue and when the mouse is over the button, the color changes to green. [click to continue…]
If you’re developing a nice website like Facebook or Youtube where subscribers share images and videos, or you’re selling premium content like e-books online, you have to provide a way for users to upload content. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add file uploading capability to your web page like a pro.
The W3C HTML Standard defines several <input > types each designed to handle a specific type of data. For file uploading purposes, the HTML input element, aptly a tag named <input type=”file”>, has been provided. How does it work? Let’s dive straight into the tutorial to find out. [click to continue…]
When you include forms on your website for user input, it is always advisable to perform some validation on the data entered. This not only ensures that your application receives the type of data it can work with, but it also makes for good UX (user experience) as users will be able to be warned of the incorrect input and be given hints of the kind of data that is acceptable.
Forms are essential components of any good website. A form makes it possible to collect user input. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a form in HTML and we will also see how to process the form data.
The <form> element
The <form> element lets you create a form. Forms are used on a website to capture user inputs. In other words, forms are used to collect the values entered by the user on a web page. [click to continue…]
HTML5 has introduced many input types. The number input type is one of them. In this tutorial, we will learn how to use and customize the number input type. This post will also talk about the advantages of using this new input type.
What is the number input type?
The number input type (<input type=”number”>) is one of the many input types. It gives a numeric input field in an HTML form, which lets you enter numbers in a flexible manner. Using this input type, you can enter a value in two ways — from the keyword and by clicking the little up and down buttons provided in the input field. [click to continue…]
The server side form validations help keeping the form submission data consistent. The validations also help in lesser server side errors. For example, if you have set length limit in the database for a text input, it is better to do the validation before it actually gets cut off by the database system or even getting an error thrown. [click to continue…]
Here is one of form validation error messages that made me laugh aloud : “invalid last name. Please enter a valid last name”. The form (or the souls that coded that form) decided my last name is bad and imagine, they want me to build a valid last name too!
Bad, uninformed form validations can turn people away from your web form. Often it means lost sales or opportunities.
Web forms are communication channels through which your users reach you. It is the salesman or the front desk of your website. It is hence required to carefully design the form communication (apart from the form aesthetics). In this article we look deep in to the subject. [click to continue…]