How Do You Make Web Forms Using HTML? This Overview Explains Everything

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Web forms are used by virtually all websites for a wide range of purposes. Users of forums and social networks use forms to add content and interact with other users. Websites that can be customized to create a personalized experience, such as customizable newsfeeds, use forms to allow users to control the content that appears on the page. And nearly every website uses forms to allow website visitors to contact the organization or person administering the website. Web forms are made possible by the integration of multiple technologies:

  • HTML to create the form fields and labels and accept user input.
  • CSS to style the presentation of the form.
  • JavaScript to validate form input and provide Ajax-enabled interactions.
  • Server-side languages such as PHP to process form data.
  • In this guide, we're going to cover all of the HTML elements used to create web forms. We also have other tutorials that cover topics such as building a form, styling and designing forms, and ensuring form usability and accessibility.

  • 3 Drop-Downs, Text Areas, & Buttons
  • 3.1 Pre-Populated Drop-Down Lists
  • 3.2 Free Form Text Areas
  • 3.3 Flexible Buttons
  • 3.4 Form Elements Added in HTML5
  • 4 Next Steps
  • 5 Frequently Asked Questions
  • 5.1 How do you restrict a form field to only accept numbers?
  • 5.2 How do you restrict a form field to only accept alphanumeric characters?
  • 5.3 How do you make a form submit when the user presses enter?
  • 6 Related Elements
  • 7 Tutorials and Resources