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Basics of Web Design
HTML5 & CSS3 First Edition

Chapter 10 – Form Basics

Forms are used for many purposes all over the Web. They are used by search engines to accept keywords and by online stores to process e-commerce shopping carts. Websites use forms to help with a variety of functions—accepting visitor feedback, encouraging visitors to send a news story to a friend or colleague, collecting e-mail addresses for a newsletter, and accepting order information. This chapter introduces a very powerful tool for web developers—forms that accept information from web page visitors.

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Chapter Updates

  • Page 253 - The caption for Table 10.10 should be Common Option Element Attributes.
  • Page 259 - The CSS needs one additional style rule for optimal cross-browser display—add clear: left; to the label element selector.
  • Page 263 - The second sentence in the second paragraph should be: Your screen should look similar to Figure 10.11.
  • Page 271 - Browser support for HTML5 keeps increasing! The Opera browser (versions 10.5+) supports the color input form control.
  • Page 276 - The Pacific Trails Case Study CSS needs one additional style for optimal cross-browser display:
    form div { clear: left; }

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