Learn more about Input Forms
Forms typically consist of input elements, such as text fields, checkboxes, radio buttons, and submit buttons. They allow users to quickly enter data in the case of a purchasing form, survey, signup form and any sort of feedback.
Data from forms is typically sent to a server for processing. After data is processed, users will get some sort of output back. Either a confirmation or search results or other information depending on the type of form.
Why are forms important for websites and apps?
Websites and apps are highly interactive tools that help you communicate and connect with your users and prospective clients almost 24/7. They help you establish relationships with customers, which, if done well, can convert them into loyal, repeat customers. Facilitating this relationship is the indispensable yet sometimes overlooked input form.
The input form is an integral part of the user experience. It allows users to get in touch with you and send information, such as a catalogue request, a comment or a shopping order which is passed on to your database. Because input forms are constructed using programming languages like HTML, PHP or Java, it’s important to implement the code well to create a form that functions smoothly.
Key types of input
Anyone who’s purchased merchandise online will be familiar with checkout input forms that ask for their name, email, phone number, address, and bank card details. Input boxes and fields can be used to collect all types of data, from credit card information to survey responses.
One of the most common coding languages used for building input forms is HTML. In HTML, input forms are created using the following line of code which starts with <input type=” “>. Between the inverted commas, you can specify the type of input you want, which could be text, number, date, and e-mail, among many others.
Some browsers and smartphone operating systems may recognize the input type and format the input accordingly, by adding a “.com” to the keyboard, for example, when a user is adding their email to the email input form.
Elements of an input form
An input form usually comes with the following elements:
- Container: This is the box or field where data will be entered. The size of the container should be proportional to the input that is expected.
- Leading icon: Usually placed to the left or above the container, the leading icon acts as a visual marker that alerts users to the type of data they need to enter.
- Label: The label is a text header that informs users about the information that is required in the field.
- Placeholder/Input text: Placed inside the container in a light font color, the placeholder text explains the type of information or the input format required by the field. When a user interacts with the field, the placeholder text disappears.
- Helper text/Error text: Some input forms display a helper text below the container when a user has entered incorrect information that doesn’t fit the requirements of the input field.
How to create input form prototypes in Framer
To create a form element in Framer you can use out-of-the-box tools from the Insert Menu such as Frame, Input and Button. In Framer these types of prototyped forms are more realistic for two reasons. First, with the Input Default Component, those using the prototype will be able to actually type into the input field with their native keyboard on desktop or mobile just like a real HTML input. And second, the Input Default Component has an interaction built in that will allow users to transition to the next screen after pressing ‘enter’ just as you might in a real form with an input type submit.
To start creating this example yourself, draw a frame on the canvas and then insert a button and input from the Insert Menu. Then preview to see your components in action!