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I featured many good looking contact forms some time ago – 91 Trendy Contact And Web Forms For Creative Inspiration, so you should know how looks good example. Now let’s take a look how to create outstanding and beautifully designed form elements from scratch ourselves. Things can get tricky even if you are experienced designer. It’s hard to attract visitors attention, but this article should help to stand out and create semantically correct, good looking and accessible web forms, checkboxes, radio buttons, buttons, fieldsets – everything you can think of when you are creating contact or login page!
This tutorial explains how to design a good form using a clean CSS design with only label and input tags to simulate an HTML table structure. You can use all CSS/HTML elements to design your custom form for your web projects.
Very well explained tutorial showing crucial points you should give attention to.
Forms don’t have to be ugly and boring, and certainly don’t have to be inside tables to look nice and aligned.
Niceforms is a script that will replace the most commonly used form elements with custom designed ones. You can either use the default theme that is provided or you can even develop your own look with minimal effort.
This tutorial will teach you how to make a stunning comment form using an old postcard photo.
The example you are going to see is something that you use every day: blog comment form.
Ever wanted to match the look of your HTML forms with the rest of your website? This article demonstrates how to apply customized backgrounds to HTML forms, while preserving stucturally clean markup and accesibility.
Semantically correct web forms with fieldsets, legends, labels and some CSS styling. It’s been tested in FF1.x, IE6 and Opera8. (looks a little quirky in IE5.x but still usable).
Create beautiful web forms using just CSS, very good tutorial!
7 different style examples, where you can study code and creat good looking forms.
Use CSS to build your form without any use of tables. Code examples are written in good-old-fashioned HTML instead of ASP.NET and do not contain validation, ID’s, etc. Continue with second part on their website, to learn how to send and receive that data – Staying in Touch – How to Build a Contact Form.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a standard form and then make it special with some simple CSS tricks and techniques. You will improve the usability, aesthetics and layout, while picking up design cues from the existing design elements.
This post will explain choices when marking up the forms, and the CSS styling involved in making them cross-browser compatible.
Adding some expressive background images to your HTML form can be considered sometimes as a relevant point. This can be done easily with pure CSS.
This is universal CSS for forms who will interact in the simple natural way with HTML form and HTML form will work decently well even without CSS.
A lot of forms can be boring and plain, don’t let yours blend in. This tutorial will show you how to spice them up with CSS classes and default values that change according to which form item is selected. All with just a splash of jQuery.
Animated auto messages are useful to improve FORM usability and Scriptaculous is a great framework to use in this case.
With a little DOM scripting and some creative CSS, you too can make your <select>s beautiful… and you won’t have to sacrifice accessibility, usability or graceful degradation.
Uni-Form is an attempt to standardize form markup (xhtml) and css, “modularize” it, so even people with only basic knowledge of these technologies can get nice looking, well structured, highly customizable, semantic, accessible and usable forms.
Modern and comprehensive web form example. It works in Win/IE6, Firefox v1.0+, Win/Opera v8.0, has minor layout differences in Mac/Safari v1.0.3 and Mac/Safari v1.2, and is usable but fairly buggered in Mac/IE5.2.
FancyForm is a powerful checkbox replacement script used to provide the ultimate flexibility in changing the appearance and function of HTML form elements. It’s accessible, easy to use and degrades gracefully on all older, non-supporting browsers.
The function of the interface is to input information, so semantically this is a form, so way of building it will be using form elements: fieldset, legend, label and input.
Lightweight custom styled checkbox implementation for jQuery 1.2.x and 1.3.x.
The AutoSuggest class adds a popdown menu of suggested values to a text field. The user can either click directly on a suggestion to enter it into the field, or navigate the list using the up and down arrow keys, selecting a value using the tab key. The values for the suggestion list are to provided as XML (by a PHP script, or similar).
This script is for people who wants to have a consistent look for checkboxes across browser or those who simply want them to look better. By using this script you wont loose any of the regular inputs usability.
Unobtrusive select multiple input alternative for Prototype.
Here’s a form validation script that is very easy to use.
Autotab is a jQuery plugin that provides auto-tabbing and filtering on text fields in a form. Once the maximum number of characters has been reached within a defined text fields, the focus is automatically set to the defined target of the element.
Just make a form, and this script will add the ability to resize each textarea…if you want to, based on MooTools.
These forms do not do anything and have very little validation. They solely demonstrate how you can use Ext Forms to build and layout forms on the fly.
This tutorial illustrates a proposal about how to design a pure CSS form without using HTML tables.
This is a tableless CSS form which you can use as a template for implementing your own lightweight form. It uses a combination of float and negative margins to create a two column layout for the form.
36 simple documents, each containing twelve controls of the same kind, but with a different CSS rule for each element. Due to the various controls having different properties to style, there are two three slightly different sets of rules. Check out also follow-up article.
cforms is a powerful and feature rich form plugin for WordPress, offering convenient deployment of multiple Ajax driven contact forms throughout your blog or even on the same page.
You can view and download 13 different css stylesheets, great for study!
224 screenshots showing the effects of various CSS rules applied to form controls. The screenshots are taken from 8 browsers on 4 operating systems, for a total of 14 different browser + OS combinations. Huge article!
CSSGlobe is giving away 5 really good web form style designs, which can be used freely and studied as well.
In this great article from DesignReviver you will be walked through web form building with explained basic code examples, several tools to help you build up your form as well as incredible contact pages found over the web for inspiration. Must read!
Excellent article from CSS-Tricks with 7 tips how to create better web forms.
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