Posts Tagged ‘Elements’

How to skin HTML form elements in seconds

May 19th, 2009 No comments

In the past weeks I received some requests from my readers which asked to me to suggest a simple way to skin HTML form elements. There are a lot of ways to do that and a lot of posts with interesting resources about this topic. But if you want to save time and obtain a nice result I suggest you to use jqTransform or NiceForms.

Both scripts are very useful and simple to use. If you want to use a "native" script which doesn’t use an external JS framework (such as jQuery or MooTools) I think a good choice is NiceForms otwerwise, if you use jQuery, a good alternative is jqTransform. Take a look how they work.

1. jqTransform

jqTransform is a jQuery styling plugin wich allows you to skin quickly form elements in a very easy way. The only thing you have to do is to add a javascript inclusion to this plugin in the header section of your web page, create your form and add two lines of JS code to apply the transformation to your form.
Use this code to add a javascript inclusion to jqTransform:

<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.jqtransform.min.js">

…now create a form with class property equal to jqTransform:

<form class="jqTransform">
<!– Add form elements here… –>

…then add this JS code to apply the transformation:

<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {

2. NiceForms

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.
To implement form style transformation you have to add a javascript inclusion to NiceForms in your web page using this code:

<script type="text/javascript" src="niceforms.js">

…then create a form with class property equal to niceform:


<form class="niceform">
<!– Add form elements here… –>
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Ajaxian Featured Tutorial: Styling Dijit Form Elements

March 24th, 2009 No comments

The Dijit UI library brings a ton of visual capabilities to the table and I think most people look to it for the power and simplicity of rendering well made user interface components such as grids, modals and calendars. Another aspect that people may overlook is it’s excellent form handling capabilities and in this tutorial, Mike Wilcox walks you through the steps of enhancing the appearance of Dijit form elements:

In this post, I’ll show you how to set up your form with the proper style sheets, and do some minimalist CSS targeting to adjust each form so they’ll all be the proper size. The result will be a style sheet base that you can use and modify to create custom Dijit forms.

The tutorial is squarely aimed at users of the popular Dojo framework and it’s companion UI library, Dijit and will show the flexibility and power of the theming capabilities of the frameworks. The tutorial focuses on creating a form that is styled to look like this using the built-in theming capabilities of Dijit:


While their are many methods of doing this via CSS or other styling frameworks, the advantage for Dojo users is that the capabilities are baked straight into the framework and helps to eliminate some of the overhead of including other frameworks or services as well as learning another framework.

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