Looking for action: Modify appearance of form elements/scrollbars

I searched through the Internet already some time ago looking for an action that allows me to change the appearance of HTML form elements / scrollbars, so I wonder if something like that is available ?

Have a look at this site: http://www.badboy.ro/assets/articles/niceforms/niceforms.html

Anyway, it should be not just an action that allows me to alter the colour schemes, but even to use custom images for checkboxes and scrollbar arrows, for example.


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hi,

there’s an action called formel element styler (you can download ist here: Tutorial: Form Element Styler) with which you can change the appearance of textfields and -areas as well as popdowns and buttons (i don’t know if it works with checkboxes too). use “override” and u can change the color and the font etc. of your formelements.
as far as i can see it works in safari, opera and firefox on mac …
greez


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Thank you, I’ll give it a try.

However it looks more like an action to modify certain attributes like colour and font but not able using images as the “niceforms” script does to rebuild controls.


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Just a word of caution. I would use Form Element Styler cautiosly for now as it caused problems with page validation for me. I could not get a form page to correctly generate the form tags. You may not experience this, but I suspect that action needs to be updated.


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Hi chuckamuck, can you give me an example of your problem please, I
use this action on all of my forms (currently about 30) and do not
have any issue with what you are saying.

Cheers
Mike

On Jul 7, 2008, at 6:58 PM, chuckamuck wrote:

Just a word of caution. I would use Form Element Styler cautiosly
for now as it caused problems with page validation for me. I could
not get a form page to correctly generate the form tags. You may not
experience this, but I suspect that action needs to be updated.


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Hi chuckamuck, can you give me an example of your problem please, I
use this action on all of my forms (currently about 30) and do not
have any issue with what you are saying.

Hi Mike. Take a look at this exchange I had with Walt:
http://www.freewaytalk.net/thread/view/35624#m_35624

The page has since been changed without using the Form Element Styler.


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I don’t think I seen this, don’t know how I missed it… anyway, can’t
really comment without seeing the example.

I haven’t had any reports of any problems like you mention being
caused by the action and as I say, I have it on a hell of a lot of my
own and other site forms and it doesn’t alter any form tag or
positioning on the pages as far as I can see, they all work so the
form tags must be there and the items are positioned as I want them on
the sites I have used it on. The only thing I can think of might be
the naming you use for your element item names when using layers and
you where maybe where getting a conflict, I generally just let FW do
this with the element item names side as it will use a unique name for
each item.

Mike

On Jul 7, 2008, at 7:12 PM, chuckamuck wrote:

Hi chuckamuck, can you give me an example of your problem please, I
use this action on all of my forms (currently about 30) and do not
have any issue with what you are saying.

Hi Mike. Take a look at this exchange I had with Walt:
http://www.freewaytalk.net/thread/view/35624#m_35624

The page has since been changed without using the Form Element Styler.


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tobiaseichner,

Unfortunately the Form Element Styler action does not have the option of using images for the elements.

Mike

On 7 Jul 2008, 7:26 am, tobiaseichner wrote:

Thank you, I’ll give it a try.

However it looks more like an action to modify certain attributes like colour and font but not able using images as the “niceforms” script does to rebuild controls.


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I have seen a number of people try to rename a field by changing its
layout element name – this happens when they draw their form
elements as individual positioned DIVs, rather than putting them in a
table or another semantic structure like a list. So they click on
what they see as the form element, which is really just a DIV, change
the value of the Title field in the Inspector, and then go back and
change the form element itself later – to the same name. Since
Freeway doesn’t add IDs to form elements natively, it doesn’t notice
the ID clash made by an Action later on in the publish cycle.

I have added this bit of belt-and-suspenders code to my various Form
actions:

var d = e.fwFindEnclosing('div');
if(d){
	if(d.id && d.id.toString() == e.id.toString()){
		d.id = fwQuote(d.id.toString().slice(1,-1) + '_wrap');
	}
}

This is naturally inside a loop that defines e as the form element
being worked on, and this loop cycles after the Action has done all
its ID-adding business.

Walter

On Jul 7, 2008, at 1:24 PM, Mike B wrote:

I generally just let FW do
this with the element item names side as it will use a unique name for
each item.


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Great Walter, I must look at adding this to the action to cover user
mistakes like you mention. To be honest it’s not something I though
about at the time.

Many thanks
Mike

On Jul 7, 2008, at 7:37 PM, Walter Lee Davis wrote:

I have seen a number of people try to rename a field by changing its
layout element name – this happens when they draw their form
elements as individual positioned DIVs, rather than putting them in a
table or another semantic structure like a list. So they click on
what they see as the form element, which is really just a DIV, change
the value of the Title field in the Inspector, and then go back and
change the form element itself later – to the same name. Since
Freeway doesn’t add IDs to form elements natively, it doesn’t notice
the ID clash made by an Action later on in the publish cycle.

I have added this bit of belt-and-suspenders code to my various Form
actions:

var d = e.fwFindEnclosing(‘div’);
if(d){
if(d.id && d.id.toString() == e.id.toString()){
d.id = fwQuote(d.id.toString().slice(1,-1) + ‘_wrap’);
}
}

This is naturally inside a loop that defines e as the form element
being worked on, and this loop cycles after the Action has done all
its ID-adding business.

Walter

On Jul 7, 2008, at 1:24 PM, Mike B wrote:

I generally just let FW do
this with the element item names side as it will use a unique name
for
each item.


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It’s a javascript, styled via CSS … you can get it here:
http://www.badboy.ro/articles/2005-07-23/niceforms_preview/


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You can alter the CSS sheet to apply the images you want, it seems not to hard to use this in Freeway.
Anyway, perhaps a script-guru here can make a nice FW action out of this …

PS - Did I allready mention that it would be nice to edit your own comments? I hate this post-after-post …


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PS - Did I allready mention that it would be nice to edit
your own comments?

Me, too. Was discussed here already, but this forum delivers new postings in real time by e-mail as well. Therefore this was stated as reason (people having subscribed by e-mail to this forum would never read the modified messages).

Anyway, perhaps a script-guru here can make a nice FW
action out of this …

Perhaps someone has heard it :wink: Would save much work and could be surely a great improvement.


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This comment, like all the others in this forum, exist first and
foremost as individual e-mail messages, sent to a mailing list and
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list, just like any other member would be. The messages sent to the
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that the incredible Sphinx search engine can index them every five
minutes. But like every other e-mail message ever sent, they cannot
be changed or retrieved once sent, no matter how convenient that
might be. I am sure that national and local politics the world over
would be much different if the opposite were true.

Walter

On Jul 8, 2008, at 3:47 AM, Richard van Heukelum wrote:

PS - Did I allready mention that it would be nice to edit your own
comments? I hate this post-after-post …


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Sometime around 8/7/08 (at 04:35 -0400) tobiaseichner said:

(people having subscribed by e-mail to this forum would never read
the modified messages).

Which would be rather disenfranchising. So we have to get it right
frist time! :wink:

k


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