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How to style a HTML form with CSS and NO extra markup

|| Category: CSS ||

If you haven't read it yet then I strongly recommend that you take a look at Cameron Adams article Fancy Form Design Using CSS if you are really serious about tackling this aspect of web design.

It's an extremely well-informed piece that offers a myriad of tips including cross-browser compatibility details and usability and accessible markup advice.

However, one aspect of Cameron's article that I didn't like was the use of an ordered list. I really hate to add extra code unless it is absolutely necessary and, lets face it, styling a form by using a list is just a hack.

How to style a HTML form with CSS and no extra markup is amazingly simple really. This is what the code looks like:

display : block;
label {
float : left;
width : 200px;

And that's it. It produces a form like in the image below with no extra HTML coding such as an ordered lists or line breaks. It works across all browsers including Internet Explorer.

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The above code is just the foundation for form design and reading Cameron Adams article will give you lots more ideas about how to get it right.


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