Customize Form CSS

Purlem gives you full control of the HTML so you can modify a form design directly through the CSS. Below is a before and after screenshot of a form completed for a client:

Before

After

Each form has the follow CSS fields that can be modified:

  • class=”formElement”
  • class=”title” id=”title_<fieldName>”  
  • class=”textbox” id=”<fieldName>”  
  • class=”required”
  • class=”button”

Here's the CSS used to format the example form above:

.formElement {
   float:left;
   width:350px;
   margin-right:20px;
   margin-bottom:23px;
}
.formElement:nth-child(3), .formElement:nth-child(4) {
   width:200px; 
}
.formElement:nth-child(6), .formElement:nth-child(7), .formElement:nth-child(11), .formElement:nth-child(12){
   width:100px;
}
.formElement:nth-child(5), .formElement:nth-child(8), .formElement:nth-child(9), .formElement:nth-child(10), .formElement:nth-child(14) {
   width:170px; 
}
.formElement:nth-child(15) {
   width:120px;
}
.formElement .title {
font-weight:bold;
margin-bottom:7px;
height:20px; 
}
.formElement .textbox {
font-size:14px;
}
.formElement:nth-child(16) .title {
   color:red;
   font-weight:normal; 
   font-size:12px;
}
.button {
   float:right;
   margin-top:-50px;
   margin-right:100px;
   background: #e3e3e3;
   border: 1px solid #bbb;
   -webkit-border-radius: 3px;
   -moz-border-radius: 3px;
   border-radius: 3px;
   -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #f6f6f6;
   -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #f6f6f6;
   box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #f6f6f6;
   color: #333;
   font: bold 12px "helvetica neue", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;
   line-height: 1;
   padding: 4px 0 5px;
   text-align: center;
   text-shadow: 0 1px 0 #fff;
   width: 80px; }
   button.minimal:hover {
   background: #d9d9d9;
   -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #eaeaea;
   -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #eaeaea;
   box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #eaeaea;
   color: #222;
   cursor: pointer; }
   button.minimal:active {
   background: #d0d0d0;
   -webkit-box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #e3e3e3;
   -moz-box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #e3e3e3;
   box-shadow: inset 0 0 1px 1px #e3e3e3;
   color: #000;
}

Notice how the CSS's :nth-child() Selector was used.  This is a great way to identify a specific formElement that you want to apply CSS to.  In this case it allowed us to give each formElement a unique width.

Also, for some creative CSS buttons, check out Chad Mazzola's CSS3 Buttons