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form - input field spacing

Posted on 2008-10-20
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having built a form and noticed the difference is field lengths proving to make it all look very untidy, I was wondering if it was possible to space the label out so they appear on the left and the field text input  boxes all started from the same place so it flows nicely down the page in a line. I know i can have some control over this with the" position: absolute " but was wondering if there was a better or easier way?

i also tried using the <p class="tag1"> but it then puts the field onto a new line??

any ideas
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Question by:therob1
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by:brad2575
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an "EASY" way is to use tables and just seperate the label/form field in different TD columns.

You should be able to use stylesheets as well and a spacing length for the label and the form field.
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David S. earned 60 total points
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Here's an example of how I prefer to do form layouts: http://www.dynamicsitesolutions.com/css/form-layout-example/
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by:sbickerstaff
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using css only (having all textboxes / selects etc alligned left to the same point and all labels alligned right so they are all beside the boxes):

label {
  text-align: right;
  float: left;
  display: block;
  margin: 0 2px 0 0;
  width: 8em;
}

and then have (for example):

<div>
  <label for="username">Username:</label>
  <input type="text" name="username" id="username" />
</div>
<div>
  <label for="password">Password:</label>
  <input type="password" name="password" id="password" />
</div>

i would not recommend using tables as a lot of developers are moving towards using divs + css for layout instead of tables (if they're not alrady using that)
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