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Html5 Object Templates for ASP.NET MVC 3.

Now available as a NuGet package, MvcHtml5Templates!

For complete setup instructions, see the Setup And Getting Started page.

This project adds the new html5 input types, such as email, tel, and url, to the MVC EditorTemplates.

For example, assume you have a person class:

public class Person {
    public string Name {get;set;}

    [DataType(DataType.Email)]
    public string Email {get;set;}

    [DataType(DataType.Url)]
    public string Url {get;set;}
}

By default in ASP.NET MVC, calling Html.EditorFor() on any of these properties will create a simple <input type='text' ... /> tag.

This project creates simple EditorTemplates which allow an Html.EditorFor() call to create the proper Html5 input types, such as Html.EditorFor(p=>p.Email) resulting in <input type='email' ... />.

So the relevant part of calling Html.EditorFor(Model) would give:

<input type="text" id="Name" name="Name" />
<input type="email" id="Email" name="Email" />
<input type="url" id="Url" name="Url" />

The great thing about the new Html5 input types is that old browsers have no problem displaying them (they just default to type='text'). Modern browsers, however, can use them to create a better user experience. This better experience may come from validation or styling (for example, Opera puts a small email icon inside the field), and many mobile devices (like the iPhone) will recognize these new types and display a customized keyboard.

There really isn't any downside to converting your basic <input type='text' .../> tags to new html5 input types for known data types, as the users that have modern browsers will enjoy the benefits without damaging the experience for legacy browsers.

Status:

This project currently adds Mvc Editor Templates for the following new HTML5 input types:

  • search
  • tel
  • url
  • email
  • datetime
  • date
  • month
  • week
  • time
  • datetime-local
  • number
  • range
  • color

The only input type not supported is range, and that is because having a range input doesn't make any sense without being able to specify a min/max for that range.

Links:

For a list of html input types, see: http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/the-input-element.html#attr-input-type

For a good reference on html5 form changes, see: http://diveintohtml5.org/forms.html

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