A method must be provided for users to enter text and other character-based information without restriction.


*** Forms as a way to collect information in an ordered manner pre-date computing by at least a century. Many standards were developed in the paper form era, and have translated to computerized database forms, and then to web forms. The ubiquity of the web -- to software developers if not all users -- means forms for all computing types have settled on these standard input methods.

This pattern covers the text and textarea form methods.


Text - one-line

Textarea - multi-line

Interaction Details

immediate entry

cursor and focus...

enter is a linefeed on multi-line, submits forms or exits the field on single line

Presentation Details

notes about input method and reference

field hints in the field, adjacent to the field, pros and cons of each