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Initialization

To add dhtmlxForm into an application, you need to take the following simple steps:

<!DOCTYPE html><html>    <head>        <title>How to Start with dhtmlxForm</title>                 <script type="text/javascript" src="../../codebase/suite.js"></script>        <link rel="stylesheet" href="../../codebase/suite.css">    </head>    <body>        <div id="form_container"></div>        <script>            // creating dhtmlxForm            var form = new dhx.Form("form");        </script>    </body></html>

Related sample: Form. Initialization

Include source files#

Create an HTML file and place full paths to JS and CSS files of the dhtmlxSuite library into the header of the file. The files are:

  • suite.js
  • suite.css
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../codebase/suite.js"></script><link rel="stylesheet" href="../../codebase/suite.css">

Create a container#

Add a container for the Form and give it an id, e.g. "form_container":

<div id="form_container"></div>

Define Form structure#

Now you need to specify the list of Form controls. For example, you can create a form with two text fields for entering a name and an email, a checkbox for the user to give consent to data processing and a button to send a form to a server.

Thus, the structure of your form will look like this:

  • a Name input
  • an Email input
  • an Agree checkbox
  • a Send button

Form structure

To add controls inside a form, you should put them into a layout, either a vertical one (the rows attribute), or a horizontal one (the cols attribute). In the example below controls are arranged vertically, one under another:

var form_data = {    rows:[        {            id: "name",            name: "name",            type: "input",            label: "Name",            icon: "dxi-magnify",            placeholder: "John Doe"        },        {            id:"email",            name:"email",             type: "input",            label: "Email",            placeholder: "jd@mail.name"        },        {            type: "checkbox",            label: "I agree",            name: "agree",            labelInline: true,            id: "agree",            value: "checkboxvalue",        },        {            type: "button",            value: "Send",            size: "medium",            view: "flat",            color: "primary"        }    ]};

Initialize Form#

Initialize Form with the dhx.Form object constructor. The constructor takes two parameters:

  • the HTML object on the page that serves as the form container.
  • a configuration object which (besides config options) contains an array of form controls defined as objects with a set of attributes
var form = new dhx.Form("form_container", {    css: "dhx_widget--bordered",    rows: [        {            type: "input",            label: "Name",            icon: "dxi dxi-magnify",            placeholder: "John Doe",            name: "name"        },        // more form controls    ]});

Related sample: Form. Initialization

Configuration properties#

You can find the full list of Form configuration properties in the Form API overview article.