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A jQuery plugin for building forms, loading form structure from xml, and saving back to the server.
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The jquery.Formbuilder plugin is a jQuery plugin that allows you add a form-creation, display, and basic validation tool into your application.

The API and example code has been left open for you to override, assuming that you want complete control over how the form data is saved and loaded. However we have provided some basic database loading/saving examples using PDO for MySQL.

Please report all issues, bugs, and feature suggestions to:

The tool interface is constructed using form data presented in JSON format by the server. The php class assists you with storing the data, generating the json, generating the html form, and processing the data.

A demo of this version may be found at

Please feel free to fork the project and provide patches back. Please let us know how you're using this product!

Version 0.4 - 20111215

  • Removing old XML-based form loading system, moving to pure JSON
  • Removing internal serialization system in favor of json formatting
  • Adding example mysql storage methods to the load, save process (PDO-based so other databases may be used)
  • Incorporated a required attribute bug fix:
  • Dumped a ton of unnecessary complexity of encoding/decoding and array vars
  • Changed process() to return an array of errors, not a string
  • Added sample response saves to db, only on good validation

Version 0.3.1 - 20110722

  • Corrected issue with reserved words breaking support for Safari, Opera, IE
  • Corrected issue with example-save expecting old POST key

Version 0.3 - 20110619

  • Compatible with latest jQuery, jQueryUI and jquery.scrollTo
  • CSS moved into a separate file
  • Applied jsbeautifier and jshint on code
  • Added control box target element option
  • Added localization support
  • Improved dynamic loading, unique ID handling for multiple formbuilder-instances
  • Removed scrollTo dependency in favour of jQuery.animate()
  • Added json backend, to replace/as alternative to xml
  • Example html switched to latest html doctype

Version 0.2 - 20100806

  • Upgraded to 1.4.2
  • Added ability to sort form fields.
  • Added in basic build scripts for easier releases
  • Minor code cleanup
  • Hash bug fix

Version 0.1 - 20090922

  • Complete initial release using much of the functionality copied from AspenMSM, an excellent cms tool from Trellis Development.
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