Thanks for the Input Types (and curses upon them what ain’t)

Are you using HTML 5 and the new form input types with the form elements on your sites and apps? Especially on your mobile apps? If you are, then I say THANK YOU!

If you are not, and I am attempting to fill in your form on my smart phone, I’m probably cursing your name.

A Primer for Those Who Need It

What are input types? I’m sure you’ve used them if you’ve built a form. Before HTML5, most input types were text. <input type=”text”> New input types that came along with HTML5 are

  • search
  • email
  • website
  • phone
  • range
  • number
  • date
  • time
  • color

When you use the proper input type, a mobile device will display a screen or keyboard intended to help you complete your task. For example, if you use <input type=”search”> you get a search box automatically.


If you use <input type=”email”> You get a keyboard with an @ sign and a dot (.) right on top.


Similar keyboard goodies happen with the other input types: phone gives you a number pad, date gives you a calendar, and so on.

If you haven’t started using the new form input types yet, why the hell aren’t you?

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