Forms in jQuery Mobile

jQuery mobile

Level: intermediate

We continue mastering of jQuery Mobile through implementation of examples. The forms are today’s subject.

Forms in jQuery Mobile

In this case we work normally, by adding HTML5 elements and attributes.

The following example shows a simple form elements (inputs) of various types:

...
    <div data-role="page">
        <div data-role="header">
            <h1>Forms - demo</h1>
        </div>
            
        <div data-role="content">
            <form action="" method="post">
                <div data-role="fieldcontain">
                    <label for="mypassword">Password</label>
                    <input type="password" id="mypassword" />
                </div>
                  
                <div data-role="fieldcontain">
                    <label for="mycolor">Color</label>
                    <input type="color" id="mycolor" />
                </div>
                    
                <div data-role="fieldcontain">
                    <label for="mysearch">Search</label>
                    <input type="search" id="mysearch" />
                </div>
                    
            </form>
        </div>
    </div>
...

A sample view in the Opera Mobile Emulator:

Forms in jQuery Mobile – a simple example

Forms in jQuery Mobile – a simple example

A full example here.

To set the kind of field, we define the value of the “type” attribute, for example type=”color”.

Further examples are checkbox and radio fields.

Checkbox and radio fields in jQuery Mobile

The first example is the choice of one option (radio input type):

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<div data-role="content">
  <form action="" method="post">
    <div data-role="fieldcontain">
      <fieldset data-role="controlgroup">
        <legend>Choose:</legend>

        <input type="radio" name="myradio" id="myradio1"
        value="1" checked="checked" />
        <label for="myradio1">One</label>

        <input type="radio" name="myradio" id="myradio2"
        value="2" />
        <label for="myradio2">Two</label>

        <input type="radio" name="myradio" id="myradio3"
        value="3" />
        <label for="myradio3">Three</label>

      </fieldset>

      <br />

      <fieldset data-role="controlgroup" data-type="horizontal">
        <legend>Options horizontally:</legend>
        <input type="radio" name="my_radio_h" id="my_radio_h1"
        value="1" checked="checked" />
        <label for="my_radio_h1">One</label>

        <input type="radio" name="my_radio_h" id="my_radio_h2"
        value="2" />
        <label for="my_radio_h2">Two</label>

        <input type="radio" name="my_radio_h" id="my_radio_h3"
        value="3" />
        <label for="my_radio_h3">Three</label>
      </fieldset>
    </div>
  </form>
</div>
...

Sample result:

Forms in jQuery Mobile - radio

Forms in jQuery Mobile – radio

A full example here.

Similarly – the choice of many options – the checkbox:

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<div data-role="content">
  <form action="" method="post">
    <div data-role="fieldcontain">
      <fieldset data-role="controlgroup">
        <legend>Check the boxes:</legend>

        <input type="checkbox" name="mycheck" id="mycheck1"
        value="1" checked="checked" />
        <label for="mycheck1">One</label>

        <input type="checkbox" name="mycheck" id="mycheck2"
        value="2" />
        <label for="mycheck2">Two</label>

        <input type="checkbox" name="mycheck" id="mycheck3"
        value="3" />
        <label for="mycheck3">Three</label>

      </fieldset>

      <br />

      <fieldset data-role="controlgroup" data-type="horizontal">
        <legend>Horizontal:</legend>

        <input type="checkbox" name="my_radio_h" id="my_radio_h1"
        value="1" checked="checked" />
        <label for="my_radio_h1">first</label>

        <input type="checkbox" name="my_radio_h" id="my_radio_h2"
        value="2" />
        <label for="my_radio_h2">second</label>

        <input type="checkbox" name="my_radio_h" id="my_radio_h3"
        value="3" />
        <label for="my_radio_h3">third</label>
      </fieldset>
    </div>
  </form>
</div>
...

Result:

Forms in jQuery Mobile - checkbox

Forms in jQuery Mobile – checkbox

A full example here.

Resources …

… related thematically to the forms in jQuery Mobile.

Excellent examples on W3Schools:

http://www.w3schools.com/jquerymobile/jquerymobile_form_basic.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/jquerymobile/jquerymobile_form_inputs.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/jquerymobile/jquerymobile_form_select.asp

http://www.w3schools.com/jquerymobile/jquerymobile_form_sliders.asp

Forms in jQuery Mobile documentation:

http://demos.jquerymobile.com/1.2.1/docs/forms/docs-forms.html

An example of form validation – in this case attributes used (required):

http://www.raymondcamden.com/index.cfm/2012/7/30/Example-of-form-validation-in-a-jQuery-Mobile-Application


Forms in jQuery Mobile – summary

That’s all for today. We see how the framework affects the appearance of forms. Handling them is very similar to handling forms in JavaScript / jQuery.

In the next article we will discuss among others dialog boxes and lists, then we summarize the basics of jQuery Mobile.

Thank you!

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