Easy user interaction and data collection is really a key functionality on most websites and web applications. Providing users high quality and intuitive input forms may be just what is needed to make your users take the time to fill in and submit the information you’re trying to collect. In this article we have showcased most useful & essential jQuery Form Enhancing Plugins. A few cheat sheets have been added as well.
Twitter’s running a new homepage with clean and easy design. Look at the top right of Twitter’s homepage, you’ll see the sign in button which will drop down the login form. Today, I will make an entry to show you how to create a login drop down with Twitter style using jQuery. It’s really easy, it’ll help you save the space of your webpage and make visitors feel comfortable by the awesome toggle login form. This entry will explain how it works step by step and it’s good for learning jQuery how to do the toggle and tooltips
One struggle that still remains today in web design is displaying all of the redundant information on every page. For example, a login form. What if there was a way to easily make the content accessible on every page, but keep it hidden until needed? Well you can, by making a top panel that when clicked, will reveal its self and its content. But we need to make this look nice, so we’ll also animate it.
In this example, we have a simple contact form with name, email, and phone number. The form submits all the fields to a php script without page refresh, using native jQuery functions (native meaning, you don’t need to download any extra plugins to make it work.
When designing you sometimes have limited space to put and display all of the form elements. Recently that happened to me and when I was trying to squeeze in a simple newsletter form to a 120px wide area (plus a limited height). I realized that some of the elements will have to go. The obvious solution was to get rid of the labels and put only the form text fields. How will the users know what are the text fields for? I will use value attributes and write the explanation in there, something like “Input your email here”. Problem solved? Not quite. Why? Because I am a web standards freak 🙂
This is a simple plugin that turns properly formatted HTML forms into forms with in-field label support. Labels fade when the field is focused and disappear when text entry begins. Clearing a field and leaving brings back the label.
Web forms. Everybody knows web forms. Each day we have to fill in some information in a web form, be it a simple login to your webmail application, an online purchase, or signing up for a website. They are the basic, and pretty much the only way of gathering information on the web.
Apple is known to create beautiful products (next to the needed functionality of course). I already wrote several articles on how you can transfer some amazing iPhone designs to your webbrowser, I own a MacBook Pro (which also looks pretty sleek) and many other products from Apple are well known for their amazing design.
The website from Apple isn’t less: The layout is simple yet beautiful. Yet, one of the most awesome things about the website is the search functionality. It gives you suggestions (with images) about the several products they offer, making it really user-friendly.
Contactable is a jQuery plugin designed to make contact/feedback forms simpler and more accessible. This plugin will enable you to create a contact form on any page of a site with minimal effort. If you have ever seen the feedback forms provided by kamypyle you will be familiar with the technique they use, however contactable makes this process even simpler by overlaying the content onto your page quickly and easily with a slide effect and inline validation.
The jQuery Form Plugin allows you to easily and unobtrusively upgrade HTML forms to use AJAX. The main methods,
ajaxSubmit, gather information from the form element to determine how to manage the submit process. Both of these methods support numerous options which allows you to have full control over how the data is submitted. Submitting a form with AJAX doesn’t get any easier than this!
Auto Complete sends input from a user to a script server side, and creates a drop down with the JSON data returned. It supports the metadata plugin, as well as script level caching. A few examples are included on this page, but check out the docs for a full list of features.
This gives users the option to see the chracters of the password the are entering, for usability purposes.
Plugin wraps vanilla file input with div. This div has button as background image. Image button is aligned with file inputs browse button. File input is then hidden by setting opacity to zero. Chosen file is shown in normal text input which mimics file input. This text input also inherits file inputs class. Use this class to style the text input.
If you use Skype I am sure that you noticed that animated button for adding more people to a chat. When you click on it the icon on the left “jumps” for a few times. I love that animation. And that’s why I’m going to show you how to create the same button using jQuery and some simple CSS.
jquery.timepickr was created in a attempt to make the process of inputing time in a form as easy and natural as possible.
jQuery.Hotkeys plugin lets you easily add and remove handlers for keyboard events anywhere in your code supporting almost any key combination. It takes one line of code to bind/unbind a hot key combination.