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HTML5 Form Input Types

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822891_28039337Are you providing your customers with an exceptional user experience on your website?    User experience is central to your business. It impacts how your customers perceive your professionalism as well as the level of service they receive. Many business websites rely on forms to serve a variety of purposes on their website. If your website relies on forms, you may be interested to learn that HTML5 has introduced new features  that simplify form design and improve their usability.

Talk with your web designer about updating your forms to take advantage of the new features offered by HTML5. Many of these features provide better input control as well as validation. There are a number of HTML5 form input types you may want to consider implementing. Here are a few to get you started:

Sliders
Sliders allow users to select from a range of numbers. They are visually engaging and intuitive for users. Selection is quick and easy with a slider. While a slider may not be appropriate for all form input types it is an effective option when you have a range of numbers as a selection.

Color Pickers
When you want to allow users to make a color selection, a color picker is the way to go. HTML5 color pickers are intuitive and visually engaging. Users will appreciate the ability to make a visual color selection instead of checking a box from a list of colors.

Spin Boxes
Selecting numbers on forms has typically been somewhat problematic from a usability standpoint. However, HTML5 has introduced the possibility for simple and intuitive spin boxes for number selection. Selecting a number with a spin box is easy. Calendar dates, for example can be simplified by using this type of number selection on a form.
These form input types are just a small sampling of the many possibilities that HTML5 offers for web designers. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that visitors to your website receive the same level of service as they would by visiting you in person. Therefore, if you have forms on your website, you should really consider updating them. While they may be okay, you can greatly improve user experience and validation by transitioning to HTML5 form input types.

HTML5 is the future of the web. Taking steps now to shift to implementing HTML5 in your website will make you prepared for upcoming advances in web design. You’ll be ahead of the curve and be able to maintain a consistent experience for visitors to your website long into the future.

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