Fancy Sliding Form with jQuery

Today we are going to create a fancy sliding form that shows some validation feedback to the user after each step. This form saves a lot of space and is easy to access – it basically works like a slide show, just that we have fieldsets of a form instead of images. […]


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Today we are going to create a fancy sliding form that shows some validation feedback to the user after each step. This form saves a lot of space and is easy to access – it basically works like a slide show, just that we have fieldsets of a form instead of images.

So let’s start!

The Markup

The HTML will consist of a wrapper container where we will place a form with fieldsets. Each fieldset will be a step in our sliding form:

<h1>Fancy Sliding Form with jQuery</h1>
<div id="wrapper">
	<div id="steps">
		<form id="formElem" name="formElem" action="" method="post">
			<fieldset class="step">
				<legend>Account</legend>
				<p>
					<label for="username">User name</label>
					<input id="username" name="username" />
				</p>
				<p>
					<label for="email">Email</label>
					<input id="email" name="email" type="email" />
				</p>
				<p>
					<label for="password">Password</label>
					<input id="password" name="password" type="password" />
				</p>
			</fieldset>
			<fieldset>
			...
			</fieldset>
		</form>
	</div>
	<div id="navigation" style="display:none;">
		<ul>
			<li class="selected">
				<a href="#">Account</a>
			</li>
			<li>
				<a href="#">Personal Details</a>
			</li>
			<li>
				<a href="#">Payment</a>
			</li>
			<li>
				<a href="#">Settings</a>
			</li>
			<li>
				<a href="#">Confirm</a>
			</li>
		</ul>
	</div>
</div>

The navigation with all the links to the steps will be an unordered list that is initially hidden. We will show it in our JavaScript function.
Let’s look at the style.

The CSS

The main wrapper and the steps container will have the following style:

#wrapper{
    -moz-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    -webkit-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    -moz-border-radius:10px;
    -webkit-border-radius:10px;
    border-radius:10px;
    border:2px solid #fff;
    background-color:#f9f9f9;
    width:600px;
    overflow:hidden;
}
#steps{
    width:600px;
    overflow:hidden;
}
.step{
    float:left;
    width:600px;
}

The class step will be given to each fieldset. Let’s style the navigation:

#navigation{
    height:45px;
    background-color:#e9e9e9;
    border-top:1px solid #fff;
    -moz-border-radius:0px 0px 10px 10px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-left-radius:10px;
    -webkit-border-bottom-right-radius:10px;
    border-bottom-left-radius:10px;
    border-bottom-right-radius:10px;
}
#navigation ul{
    list-style:none;
	float:left;
	margin-left:22px;
}
#navigation ul li{
	float:left;
    border-right:1px solid #ccc;
    border-left:1px solid #ccc;
    position:relative;
	margin:0px 2px;
}

The single link elements will have a neat CSS3 gradient as background:

#navigation ul li a{
    display:block;
    height:45px;
    background-color:#444;
    color:#777;
    outline:none;
    font-weight:bold;
    text-decoration:none;
    line-height:45px;
    padding:0px 20px;
    border-right:1px solid #fff;
    border-left:1px solid #fff;
    background:#f0f0f0;
    background:
        -webkit-gradient(
        linear,
        left bottom,
        left top,
        color-stop(0.09, rgb(240,240,240)),
        color-stop(0.55, rgb(227,227,227)),
        color-stop(0.78, rgb(240,240,240))
        );
    background:
        -moz-linear-gradient(
        center bottom,
        rgb(240,240,240) 9%,
        rgb(227,227,227) 55%,
        rgb(240,240,240) 78%
        )
}
#navigation ul li a:hover,
#navigation ul li.selected a{
    background:#d8d8d8;
    color:#666;
    text-shadow:1px 1px 1px #fff;
}

When a step get’s validated, we will either add a span indicating that everything is fine, or a span that shows that something is wrong in the form step:

span.checked{
    background:transparent url(../images/checked.png) no-repeat top left;
    position:absolute;
    top:0px;
    left:1px;
    width:20px;
    height:20px;
}
span.error{
    background:transparent url(../images/error.png) no-repeat top left;
    position:absolute;
    top:0px;
    left:1px;
    width:20px;
    height:20px;
}

The styles for the form elements look as follows:

#steps form fieldset{
    border:none;
    padding-bottom:20px;
}
#steps form legend{
    text-align:left;
    background-color:#f0f0f0;
    color:#666;
    font-size:24px;
    text-shadow:1px 1px 1px #fff;
    font-weight:bold;
    float:left;
    width:590px;
    padding:5px 0px 5px 10px;
    margin:10px 0px;
    border-bottom:1px solid #fff;
    border-top:1px solid #d9d9d9;
}
#steps form p{
    float:left;
    clear:both;
    margin:5px 0px;
    background-color:#f4f4f4;
    border:1px solid #fff;
    width:400px;
    padding:10px;
    margin-left:100px;
    -moz-border-radius: 5px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 5px;
    border-radius: 5px;
    -moz-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    -webkit-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
}
#steps form p label{
    width:160px;
    float:left;
    text-align:right;
    margin-right:15px;
    line-height:26px;
    color:#666;
    text-shadow:1px 1px 1px #fff;
    font-weight:bold;
}
#steps form input:not([type=radio]),
#steps form textarea,
#steps form select{
    background: #ffffff;
    border: 1px solid #ddd;
    -moz-border-radius: 3px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 3px;
    border-radius: 3px;
    outline: none;
    padding: 5px;
    width: 200px;
    float:left;
}
#steps form input:focus{
    -moz-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    -webkit-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    background-color:#FFFEEF;
}
#steps form p.submit{
    background:none;
    border:none;
    -moz-box-shadow:none;
    -webkit-box-shadow:none;
    box-shadow:none;
}
#steps form button {
	border:none;
	outline:none;
    -moz-border-radius: 10px;
    -webkit-border-radius: 10px;
    border-radius: 10px;
    color: #ffffff;
    display: block;
    cursor:pointer;
    margin: 0px auto;
    clear:both;
    padding: 7px 25px;
    text-shadow: 0 1px 1px #777;
    font-weight:bold;
    font-family:"Century Gothic", Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size:22px;
    -moz-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    -webkit-box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    box-shadow:0px 0px 3px #aaa;
    background:#4797ED;
}
#steps form button:hover {
    background:#d8d8d8;
    color:#666;
    text-shadow:1px 1px 1px #fff;
}

And now, let’s add some JavaScript magic!

The JavaScript

In our function we will first take care of the display of the slider. For that we need to calculate the width of the elements inside. We will also take care of the sliding when we tab through the inputs. When the user hits tab when he is in the last input of a fieldset, we make the next fieldset slide into place and focus on the first field.

The validation of the form is based on all inputs being required fields. If we slide to the next fieldset and did not fill out all the inputs of the previous one, we will mark the missing inputs with a red background and add our little error span to the navigation item. If everything was fine, we will add the span with the check mark so that the user knows, the step was correct. We will not allow the user to submit the form if one of the steps contains errors.

$(function() {
	/*
	number of fieldsets
	*/
	var fieldsetCount = $('#formElem').children().length;

	/*
	current position of fieldset / navigation link
	*/
	var current 	= 1;

	/*
	sum and save the widths of each one of the fieldsets
	set the final sum as the total width of the steps element
	*/
	var stepsWidth	= 0;
    var widths 		= new Array();
	$('#steps .step').each(function(i){
        var $step 		= $(this);
		widths[i]  		= stepsWidth;
        stepsWidth	 	+= $step.width();
    });
	$('#steps').width(stepsWidth);

	/*
	to avoid problems in IE, focus the first input of the form
	*/
	$('#formElem').children(':first').find(':input:first').focus();	

	/*
	show the navigation bar
	*/
	$('#navigation').show();

	/*
	when clicking on a navigation link
	the form slides to the corresponding fieldset
	*/
    $('#navigation a').bind('click',function(e){
		var $this	= $(this);
		var prev	= current;
		$this.closest('ul').find('li').removeClass('selected');
        $this.parent().addClass('selected');
		/*
		we store the position of the link
		in the current variable
		*/
		current = $this.parent().index() + 1;
		/*
		animate / slide to the next or to the corresponding
		fieldset. The order of the links in the navigation
		is the order of the fieldsets.
		Also, after sliding, we trigger the focus on the first
		input element of the new fieldset
		If we clicked on the last link (confirmation), then we validate
		all the fieldsets, otherwise we validate the previous one
		before the form slided
		*/
        $('#steps').stop().animate({
            marginLeft: '-' + widths[current-1] + 'px'
        },500,function(){
			if(current == fieldsetCount)
				validateSteps();
			else
				validateStep(prev);
			$('#formElem').children(':nth-child('+ parseInt(current) +')').find(':input:first').focus();
		});
        e.preventDefault();
    });

	/*
	clicking on the tab (on the last input of each fieldset), makes the form
	slide to the next step
	*/
	$('#formElem > fieldset').each(function(){
		var $fieldset = $(this);
		$fieldset.children(':last').find(':input').keydown(function(e){
			if (e.which == 9){
				$('#navigation li:nth-child(' + (parseInt(current)+1) + ') a').click();
				/* force the blur for validation */
				$(this).blur();
				e.preventDefault();
			}
		});
	});

	/*
	validates errors on all the fieldsets
	records if the form has errors in $('#formElem').data()
	*/
	function validateSteps(){
		var FormErrors = false;
		for(var i = 1; i < fieldsetCount; ++i){
			var error = validateStep(i);
			if(error == -1)
				FormErrors = true;
		}
		$('#formElem').data('errors',FormErrors);
	}

	/*
	validates one fieldset
	and returns -1 if errors found, or 1 if not
	*/
	function validateStep(step){
		if(step == fieldsetCount) return;

		var error = 1;
		var hasError = false;
		$('#formElem').children(':nth-child('+ parseInt(step) +')').find(':input:not(button)').each(function(){
			var $this 		= $(this);
			var valueLength = jQuery.trim($this.val()).length;

			if(valueLength == ''){
				hasError = true;
				$this.css('background-color','#FFEDEF');
			}
			else
				$this.css('background-color','#FFFFFF');
		});
		var $link = $('#navigation li:nth-child(' + parseInt(step) + ') a');
		$link.parent().find('.error,.checked').remove();

		var valclass = 'checked';
		if(hasError){
			error = -1;
			valclass = 'error';
		}
		$('<span class="'+valclass+'"></span>').insertAfter($link);

		return error;
	}

	/*
	if there are errors don't allow the user to submit
	*/
	$('#registerButton').bind('click',function(){
		if($('#formElem').data('errors')){
			alert('Please correct the errors in the Form');
			return false;
		}
	});
});

And that’s it! I hope you liked the sliding form idea!

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Mary Lou (Manoela Ilic) is a freelance web designer and developer with a passion for interaction design. She studied Cognitive Science and Computational Logic and has a weakness for the smell of freshly ground peppercorns.

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  1. 1

    Wow… Cool Really Very nice Sliding Form Mary Lou… Thx for sharing man

  2. 2

    Very nice script and most needed for me at the moment. Thank you very much!

  3. 3

    thats really awesome, and your tutorial comes with much easy language to understand it…

    thank you for sharing this with us.

  4. 4

    Whow! Amazing form that we have here…

    Thank you for posting this, I’ve learned a lot from your code and will certainly use this kind of form!

  5. 6

    Hello, it’s awesome, but i found a bug using Chrome 6 (in IE it was good)
    – When you fill email like “me” and not like “me@provider.com” it will not say error but you can’t send this form.

    I have to solve this with type=”text” instead of type=”email”

    Sorry 4 my english…

  6. 7

    This is awesome, looks clean, works well, occupies lesser space, I so want to use this on a project, could I please?

  7. 9

    i want to change the size of steps any suggestion friends?? different slide different height

  8. 11

    really nice.

    but in IE8, the height of text box is not same.but in firefox it is pretty well.

    plz suggest, how to get same look in IE8.

  9. 14

    I’ve implemented this great jQuery form into a new book website that I’m doing, but having issues with it in IE7. I’ve read through the discussion comments and a couple have suggested putting a blank div tag at the end of the form…I have tried this and it still doesn’t fix the issue of the height. What it’s doing is putting the “Confirm” step below the second to last setps which makes the overall height twice as tall. Any suggestions as to how to fix this issue? I viewed the demo and it’s the same way.

    http://www.couragebeforeeverydanger.com/order/order.html

    Also is there a way to make it so not every single field is required? My form consist of a couple fields I don’t necessarily want to have required as some may not want to provide the information (i.e. phone number).

    Thanks,
    Cody

  10. 16

    Do you not want all the fields required? I’ve figured out a way to allow you the ability to specify which fields get marked as required.

    On “sliding.form.js” find line 110. Then locate “find(‘:input:not(button)’).
    Change that section to “find(‘:input.required:not(button)’).

    Adding the “.required” puts a class that it searches for on the inputs. So on your form put [class="required"] – w/o brackets – on each of the fields/inputs you want to be required.

    Hope this helps you, I was sure glad to figure it out!

  11. 17

    Solution for optional

    update your .html
    add optional=”optional”

    update sliding.form.js
    add 3 lines
    112. var optional = $this.attr( ‘optional’ );
    113. if (optional != ‘optional’){
    122. }


    $(‘#formElem’).children(‘:nth-child(‘+ parseInt(step) +’)’).find(‘:input:not(button)’).each(function(){
    var $this = $(this);
    var optional = $this.attr( ‘optional’ );
    if (optional != ‘optional’){
    var valueLength = jQuery.trim($this.val()).length;

    if(valueLength == ”){
    hasError = true;
    $this.css(‘background-color’,’#FFEDEF’);
    }
    else
    $this.css(‘background-color’,’#FFFFFF’);
    }
    });


    GOOD LUCKY

  12. 20

    Hello, I do not understand and send this form to my mail. Could you explain? Sorry for my bad English. Thanks

  13. 21

    ML, I implemented your form to my page as a quote request form for my clients. It works great but I’m having a small issue that I can’t sort out. If I used tab to go through the form when it jumps to the second window, half the bottom buttons disappear and if I keep pressing tab eventually all the bottom buttons disappear. I’m not sure where I went wrong. I’ve tried fixing it using tabindex but it doesn’t make a difference. Can you check out my form at http://www.inkkings.com/quote.cfm? I’d really appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.

    • 22

      @Randy, sorry for just answering now, did you solve the issue? I was trying to recreate the problem on your website but everything seems to be fine now. Cheers, ML

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