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    Free HTML form builder

    Hi does anyone know of a really good free html form builder. Just asking because any that I have found all seem to allow you to only have one column of fields like in a list. Whereas I am trying to create a compact but professional looking form and therefore want to be able to have at least two lists of fields beside each other.

    Here is what I mean:
    I have a list of fields:
    textbox
    drop-down
    checkbox

    I have two lists of fields, this is what I am trying to have but any of the form builders that I have managed to find only allow one list of fields:
    textbox------------------------ textbox
    drop-down -------------------------- drop-down
    checkbox ------------------ checkbox

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    This is one situation where a table is very handy, just make a table with four tds per tr, arrange it:

    input text, input, input text, input

    if you want the text before the input, or in whatever order you wish. The table is self aligning, so everything will be neat and tidy.
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    A table might be “handy” but it’s not semantic and therefore not to recommend. After all, this is not tabular data, it’s a form of apparently a very different kind.

    daniel0816, if you provided us with the intended contents/type of the form (like, what are the fields supposed to repesent) we would be able to give you the right solution tailored to your specific requirements.

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    To be honest all I really want is a free form creator where I can drag and drop fields to wherever I want and then download the html code for the form. By the way I have found a form creator that allows me to do this and its great but I don't know how to get the html code for the form. The form creator is called http://www.perfectforms.com/

    You can export the file for the form but it saves it as pf file, is there any way round this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniel0816 View Post
    To be honest all I really want is a free form creator where I can drag and drop fields to wherever I want and then download the html code for the form. By the way I have found a form creator that allows me to do this and its great but I don't know how to get the html code for the form. The form creator is called http://www.perfectforms.com/

    You can export the file for the form but it saves it as pf file, is there any way round this.
    It sounds too good to be true. The 'perfect form' on their 'sign up for a 30 day free trial' page doesn't render correctly in Firefox. How can we be sure it's semantic, as VIPStefan would say ? Semantic involves things like fieldsets, legends and labels, all of which you can add yourself.
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    Well, even if you had such a program, what do you think the generated HTML would do? A form needs to be processed by a (server side) script, so that would need to be written as well. I don’t think there is any free program that is doing that, and honestly, I think this approach is morally wrong anyway. And even though I guess you don’t give a sh** think of how crappy and bloated the code generated code would be.

    A tool (which is what a program is) is just as good as the person using it. If you build a motor for a car you have to know how a motor works, even if tools make building it easy. You still have to know some HTML and CSS, even if a program is generating the code for you. That’s the price of running a website. Clearly, you wouldn’t run a car repair shop if you had no idea how a car works, would you?

    That said, there are lots of form builders but if you want fairly good quality it doesn’t come for free, that’s another rule in life. The most popular application is probably Wufoo. You might as well hire a good programmer to build a custom solution tailored to your specific needs. And that’s another rule of thumb: If you don’t know something but want it anyway, you have to pay someone who does know to do it for you.


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