Forms

Using consistent input elements builds user trust and confidence. Every element contributes to the overall user experience and has been designed to ensure consistency across NetApp web sites and digital products.

Form Examples

Forms are constructed using various form elements. In the below Contact Form example, you'll see how labels, input fields, help text, and several other elements available on this page are used to create a basic Contact Form.

Basic Form Example

The basic form is the preferred form variation. Use this variation when the user is considered a beginner in the system. (e.g. sign-up forms)

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<form class="luci-form" action="#" method="post">
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="name" class="luci-form__label">First Name</label>
        <input type="text" name="name" id="name" class="luci-form__input"> </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="lastName" class="luci-form__label">Last Name</label>
        <input type="text" name="lastName" id="lastName" class="luci-form__input"> </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="email" class="luci-form__label">Work Email</label>
        <input type="text" name="email" id="email" class="luci-form__input luci-form__input--error">
        <span class="luci-form__field-error" role="alert">Please provide a valid email address</span>
    </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="job" class="luci-form__label">Job Role</label>
        <span class="luci-form__select-wrapper">
            <select class="luci-form__select luci-form__input" name="job" id="job">
                <option class="luci-form__select-option">IT Administrator</option>
                <option class="luci-form__select-option">Chief Technology Officer</option>
                <option class="luci-form__select-option">Dev Operations Manager</option>
                <option class="luci-form__select-option" selected>Please Select</option>
            </select>
        </span>
    </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-93656" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="luci-optin-1" id="luci-input-93656" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Get Updated on NetApp products, services, promotions, news, and events</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-7444" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="luci-optin-2" id="luci-input-7444" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Please contact me</span>
            </label>
        </span>
    </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <button class="luci-button luci-button--primary"> Submit </button>
    </div>
</form>

Compressed Form Example

Use the compressed form variation only in cases where space is highly limited and when the user can be considered intermediate or expert in the system. (e.g., system admin forms)

You can create a compressed form variation by adding the modifier class luci-form--compressed.

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<form class="luci-form luci-form--compressed" action="#" method="post">
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="fistName" class="luci-form__label">First Name</label>
        <input type="text" name="firstName" id="firstName" class="luci-form__input"> </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="lastName-2" class="luci-form__label">Last Name</label>
        <input type="text" name="lastName-2" id="lastName-2" class="luci-form__input"> </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="email-2" class="luci-form__label">Work Email</label>
        <input type="text" name="email-2" id="email-2" class="luci-form__input luci-form__input--error">
        <span class="luci-form__field-error" role="alert">Please provide a valid email address</span>
    </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <label for="job-2" class="luci-form__label">Job Role</label>
        <span class="luci-form__select-wrapper">
            <select class="luci-form__select luci-form__input" name="job-2" id="job-2">
                <option class="luci-form__select-option">IT Administrator</option>
                <option class="luci-form__select-option">Chief Technology Officer</option>
                <option class="luci-form__select-option">Dev Operations Manager</option>
                <option class="luci-form__select-option" selected>Please Select</option>
            </select>
        </span>
    </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-42347" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="luci-optin-3" id="luci-input-42347" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Get Updated on NetApp products, services, promotions, news, and events</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-27004" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="luci-optin-4" id="luci-input-27004" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Please contact me</span>
            </label>
        </span>
    </div>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <button class="luci-button luci-button--primary"> Submit </button>
    </div>
</form>

Figure: LUCI Default Form vs Compressed Form variation

LUCI Basic Form with Spacing Variables

Label

A label is a descriptive word or phrase used in combination with a form element. When creating labels use natural language and avoid industry jargon.

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<label for="firstName" class="luci-form__label">First Name</label>

Input Field

Input fields allow the user to input and edit data.

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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="default" class="luci-form__label">Default</label>
    <input type="text" name="default" id="default" class="luci-form__input"> </div>
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="disable" class="luci-form__label">Disabled</label>
    <input type="text" name="disable" id="disble" class="luci-form__input" disabled> </div>
This field is required
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="error" class="luci-form__label">Error</label>
    <input type="text" name="error" id="error" class="luci-form__input luci-form__input--error" aria-describedby="unique-error-message-id">
    <span class="luci-form__field-error" id="unique-error-message-id" role="alert">This field is required</span>
</div>

Small Input Field

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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="size" class="luci-form__label">T-shirt Size</label>
    <input type="text" name="size" id="size" class="luci-form__input luci-form__input--sm"> </div>

Help Text

Use help text to describe the field’s requirements in more detail or to describe the field’s expected value (i.e. "yyyy/mm/dd" as help text for a date field).

Enter date in mm/dd/yyyy
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="date" class="luci-form__label">Start Date</label>
    <input type="text" name="date" id="date" class="luci-form__input">
    <span class="luci-form__field-help">Enter date in mm/dd/yyyy</span>
</div>
Passwords must contain one number, one letter, and one special character.
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="password" class="luci-form__label">Password</label>
    <input type="password" name="password" id="password" class="luci-form__input">
    <span class="luci-form__field-help">Passwords must contain one number, one letter, and one special character.</span>
</div>
Passwords must contain one number, one letter, and one special character. Password must contain one number
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="passwordError" class="luci-form__label">Password with error</label>
    <input type="password" name="password" id="passwordError" class="luci-form__input" aria-describedby="password-error">
    <span class="luci-form__field-help">Passwords must contain one number, one letter, and one special character.</span>
    <span class="luci-form__field-error" id="password-error" role="alert">Password must contain one number</span>
</div>

Placeholder Text

Use placeholder text only to describe field format. (e.g. yyyy/mm/dd) Do not use placeholder text to display format if you are also using help text to display formatting.

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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="startDate" class="luci-form__label">Start Date</label>
    <input type="text" name="start-date" id="startDate" class="luci-form__input" placeholder="mm/dd/yyy"> </div>
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="startDateDisabled" class="luci-form__label">Placeholder Disabled</label>
    <input type="text" name="start-date" id="startDateDisabled" class="luci-form__input" placeholder="mm/dd/yyy" disabled> </div>

Field Group

This contains the field layout that includes label, help messaging, error messaging, and spacing.

Passwords must contain one number, one letter, and one special character. Password must contain one number
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="passwordError" class="luci-form__label">Password with error</label>
    <input type="password" name="password" id="passwordError" class="luci-form__input" aria-describedby="password-error">
    <span class="luci-form__field-help">Passwords must contain one number, one letter, and one special character.</span>
    <span class="luci-form__field-error" id="password-error" role="alert">Password must contain one number</span>
</div>

Text Area

This allows the user to enter, edit, and view multiple lines of text input.

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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="comments" class="luci-form__label">Text Area Default</label>
    <textarea name="comments" rows="4" cols="80" id="comments" class="luci-form__textarea luci-form__input"></textarea>
</div>
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="textareaDisabled" class="luci-form__label">Text Area Disabled</label>
    <textarea name="disabled" rows="4" cols="80" id="comments" class="luci-form__textarea luci-form__input luci-form__input--disabled"></textarea>
</div>
Please provide a comment
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="textareaError" class="luci-form__label">Text Area Error</label>
    <textarea name="textareaError" rows="4" cols="80" id="comments" class="luci-form__textarea luci-form__input luci-form__input--error"></textarea>
    <span class="luci-form__field-error" id="comment-error" role="alert">Please provide a comment</span>
</div>

Dropdown fields allow a user to select one option from a list.

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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="select-01" class="luci-form__label">Select Menu Default</label>
    <span class="luci-form__select-wrapper">
        <select class="luci-form__select luci-form__input" name="states" id="select-01">
            <option class="luci-form__select-option" selected>Select a state</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Alabama</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Alaska</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Arizona</option>
        </select>
    </span>
</div>
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="select-03" class="luci-form__label">Select Menu Disabled</label>
    <span class="luci-form__select-wrapper">
        <select class="luci-form__select luci-form__input" name="states" id="select-03" disabled>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option" selected>Select a state</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Alabama</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Alaska</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Arizona</option>
        </select>
    </span>
</div>
Please select a state
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<div class="luci-form__field-group">
    <label for="select-04" class="luci-form__label">Select Menu Error</label>
    <span class="luci-form__select-wrapper luci-form__input--error">
        <select class="luci-form__select luci-form__input luci-form__input--error" name="states" id="select-04" aria-describedby="state-error">
            <option class="luci-form__select-option" selected>Select a state</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Alabama</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Alaska</option>
            <option class="luci-form__select-option">Arizona</option>
        </select>
    </span>
    <span class="luci-form__field-error" id="state-error" role="alert">Please select a state</span>
</div>

Checkbox

A checkbox allows a user to select multiple options from a list.

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<span class="luci-form__checkbox">
    <label for="luci-input-1717" class="luci-checkbox__label">
        <input type="checkbox" name="options" id="luci-input-1717" value="on" checked>
        <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
        <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Selected</span>
    </label>
</span>
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<span class="luci-form__checkbox">
    <label for="checkbox-04" class="luci-checkbox__label">
        <input type="checkbox" name="options" id="checkbox-04" value="on" disabled>
        <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
        <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Disabled</span>
    </label>
</span>
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<span class="luci-form__checkbox">
    <label for="checkbox-05" class="luci-checkbox__label">
        <input type="checkbox" name="options" id="checkbox-05" class="luci-form__input--error" value="on">
        <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
        <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Error</span>
    </label>
</span>

Checkbox Group

Use a checkbox group to group a list of checkbox options.

Checkboxes Stacked
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<fieldset class="luci-form__fieldset">
    <legend class="luci-form__label">Checkboxes Stacked</legend>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-16118" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="content" id="luci-input-16118" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Notifications on your content</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-65447" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="social" id="luci-input-65447" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Social notifications</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-38533" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="mention" id="luci-input-38533" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Mention notifications</span>
            </label>
        </span>
    </div>
</fieldset>
Checkboxes Inline
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<fieldset class="luci-form__fieldset">
    <legend class="luci-form__label">Checkboxes Inline</legend>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group luci-form__field-group--inline">
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-36694" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="content" id="luci-input-36694" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Notifications on your content</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-15399" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="social" id="luci-input-15399" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Social notifications</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__checkbox">
            <label for="luci-input-26269" class="luci-checkbox__label">
                <input type="checkbox" name="mention" id="luci-input-26269" value="on">
                <span class="luci-checkbox__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-checkbox__label-text">Mention notifications</span>
            </label>
        </span>
    </div>
</fieldset>

Radio Button

This allows a user to select one option from a list.

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<span class="luci-form__radio">
    <label for="luci-input-77424" class="luci-radio__label">
        <input type="radio" name="options" id="luci-input-77424" value="on" checked>
        <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
        <span class="luci-radio__label-text">Selected</span>
    </label>
</span>

Radio Button Group

Use a radio button group to group a list of radio button options.

Radio Buttons Stacked
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<fieldset class="luci-form__fieldset">
    <legend class="luci-form__label">Radio Buttons Stacked</legend>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group">
        <span class="luci-form__radio">
            <label for="luci-input-71839" class="luci-radio__label">
                <input type="radio" name="choices" id="luci-input-71839" value="on" checked>
                <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-radio__label-text">Yes</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__radio">
            <label for="luci-input-43240" class="luci-radio__label">
                <input type="radio" name="choices" id="luci-input-43240" value="on">
                <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-radio__label-text">No</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__radio">
            <label for="luci-input-59274" class="luci-radio__label">
                <input type="radio" name="choices" id="luci-input-59274" value="on">
                <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-radio__label-text">Maybe</span>
            </label>
        </span>
    </div>
</fieldset>
Radio Buttons Inline
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<fieldset class="luci-form__fieldset">
    <legend class="luci-form__label">Radio Buttons Inline</legend>
    <div class="luci-form__field-group luci-form__field-group--inline">
        <span class="luci-form__radio">
            <label for="luci-input-7933" class="luci-radio__label">
                <input type="radio" name="choice" id="luci-input-7933" value="on" checked>
                <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-radio__label-text">Yes</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__radio">
            <label for="luci-input-97979" class="luci-radio__label">
                <input type="radio" name="choice" id="luci-input-97979" value="on">
                <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-radio__label-text">No</span>
            </label>
        </span>
        <span class="luci-form__radio">
            <label for="luci-input-99166" class="luci-radio__label">
                <input type="radio" name="choice" id="luci-input-99166" value="on">
                <span class="luci-radio__button"></span>
                <span class="luci-radio__label-text">Maybe</span>
            </label>
        </span>
    </div>
</fieldset>

Accessibility

  • Always include a label with each form element.
  • Include a for attribute on each label with a value matching the id attribute on the corresponding input, textarea or select.
  • Use help text to provide an example of the type of input you need from the user. For example, if you need a phone number in a certain format, include xxx-xxx-xxxx as help text.
  • Include an aria-describedby attribute on each form element that has a .luci-form__input--error class providing additional information. The value of the aria-describedby attribute must match the id attribute on the .luci-form__input--error component.
  • Always include role=alert on .luci-form__input--error components.
  • Form labels must always be visible.
  • Ensure all Form elements are keyboard accessible.

Class Reference

Class Applies to Outcome

.luci-form--compressed

.luci-form

Reduces the veritcal spacing between form elements.

.luci-form__input--sm

.luci-form__input

Creates a smaller form component.

.luci-form__input--error

.luci-form__input

Indicates the form component is invalid.

.luci-form__input--focused

.luci-form__input

Indicates the form component is in focus.

.luci-form__input--disabled

.luci-form__input

Indicates the form component is disabled.

.luci-form__field-group--inline

.luci-form__field-group

Displays a group or radio buttons and checkboxes inline (horizontal).