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HTML5 Multimedia Development Cookbook by Lee Jordan, Dale Cruse

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Chapter 5. Learning to Love Forms

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Displaying placeholder text
  • Adding autofocus to form fields
  • Styling forms using HTML5 and CSS3
  • Using the email input type
  • Adding a URL using the URL input type
  • Using the number tag
  • Using the range tag
  • Creating a search field
  • Creating a picker to display date and time

Introduction

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Pogo

Boring. Tedious. Mindless. Why do web users' eyes glaze over and minds go numb when presented with an interactive form online? This author believes at least part of the problem lies with the information architect who arranged the form fields and — to a lesser degree — with the front-end developer who coded it.

Admittedly, forms aren't sexy. But if you're a web developer (and ...

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