Improving #SharePoint Forms – Watermarks

So I found this cool jQuery plugin that does watermarks for form inputs. Using watermarks is a good way to help make SharePoint forms easier to use. To test the plugin I started with the new item form from same test list I used in my previous posts.

Watermarks

Prerequisites

  • jQuery Library referenced in the page
  • CEWP on the page

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Improving #SharePoint Forms – Hints

When users are asked to enter information in a form sometimes it helps to give them a hint regarding what types of information should be entered.  Out of the box you can enter a description of each field that will be displayed.  If you want something more dynamic here is how to do it. 

  • Add jQuery to the page using the method described in this post
  • Download the jQuery Hint Box plugin and link it to the page. 
  • Call the script and set the options for the position and html content of the hint. Here is an example:
<script type="text/javascript">
$("input[title='Author']").inputHintBox({
	className:'simple_box',
	html:'Who is the author of this quote?',
	incrementLeft:-25,
	incrementTop:-15
	});
</script>

The above script simply selects  the field using its  title attribute then sets the css class for the element, its contents and position.

Here is the CSS I used for my example.

.simple_box{
	border:1px solid gray; background:url('/_layouts/images/toolgrad.gif');
	font-size:xx-small; color:#444; padding:7px;
}

Here it is in action.

hints

Improving #SharePoint Forms

Over the next few weeks I will be writing a series of posts on how to improve the out of the box SharePoint forms by using simple CSS and jQuery solutions.  These solutions will help improve usability as well as enhance the look and feel.  Look for the first post later this week.

As a point of reference this is what we will be starting with.

Standard SharePoint Form

Stay tuned for more soon.