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Anurag Gharat
Anurag Gharat

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5 HTML Input types you are missing!

Input tags in HTML are a way of getting an input from the user. The commonly used input types are text, password, email, number etc.
But there's more to it. Here are 5 input types that every Web Developer must know!

  1. input type ="color":
    You can now have a color picker in your webpage. How cool is that?? Just set type property as color in input tag. You can also pass a initial color value in value attribute.
    HTML Input type = color

  2. input type ="search":
    Now this type is similar to regular text type but with a small difference. The input box automatically adds a cross icon after you start typing to clear the input field. This is very handy input type when you want to add a search box field.
    HTML Input type = search

  3. input type="tel":
    Use this type when you want the user to fill a phone number. When accessed through a touch device (phone/tablet) the input type opens up a numerical keyboard.
    HTML Input type = tel

  4. input type="datetime-local":
    This input type allows user to select Time, Date, Month and Year.
    HTML Input type = date and time

  5. input type="range":
    This is another alternative for numerical inputs. This allows user to input a numerical value with a slider control. Use min-max attributes to provide a valid range.
    HTML Input type = range

Make sure you try them in your next project! Good luck!

Top comments (7)

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Peter Franken • Edited

For bonus points, combine with the inputmode property that lets you control the type of keyboard that's rendered on mobile devices :)

Here's a demo:

Fat-Finger-proof numerical keyboard on your type="text" input fields, how cool is that!

Edit: Some more mobile input field UX goodies:

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Anurag Gharat

Thanks for this!

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Bernd Wechner

This is great. I'd give you bonus points if you included a sample of each input in the article!

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Jakub Stibůrek

Thanks for the article. I didn't know about these.

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Adam Crockett

Add a datalist to supercharge all of these

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Anurag Gharat

Yeah I wrote a separate thread on twitter on using datalist! Super useful when you wish to provide predefined choices to the user!

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Nice Post