Play Framework HTML5 input elements

The built in Play input elements are fairly restrictive in that you can’t specify the input type. I wrote a helper template that you can use to generate input elements which have HTML5 type attributes such as url, email, number, search etc. etc.

All you have to do is call the template method, passing the HTML input type as a parameter. For example:

@helper.html5.input(form("website"), '_label -> "Website:", 'type -> "url")

If you have a form field mapped as a then the template will automatically infer it’s type so you don’t have to pass the type attribute in with your html attributes:

@helper.html5.input(form("email"), '_label -> "Email:")

If your field has the required constraint, e.g. it is a “nonEmptyText” then the template will add the HTML5 “required” attribute to the field as well.

You can get the source code here.

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