Validating standard input
While it would be great to see something like this in every browser, for now you probably need to stick with the ubiquitous Java Script plugins. Arjen, You're correct: and it's not just the plus sign ( ), although I have to admit, I've never seen that used in an email address before.
While the code we're using is slightly more complicated, this should get you started: Some of the articles below, particularly the first two, provide other style/scripting options and solutions for supporting older browsers. Wikipedia has a list of potentially valid email formats here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email_address#Valid_email_addresses Most browsers accept [email protected] as valid for email input as it can be technically correct in some situations - on an intranet for example. How do you only show the fields as 'invalid' after the user leaves (blurs? It's ugly to have ready icons displayed when the page loads.
Here is how the two inputs are displayed in Safari: and in Opera: They are currently not supported in Firefox 4 Beta. For example it is perfectly valid for an email address to go to the MX handler for a top level domain.
If you want to restrict the input of a text field to numbers without having the up/down arrows associated with the input box, you can always just set the input type to of "\d " (one or more numbers). So something along the line of [email protected] would be perfectly valid! Anyone out there know how to adjust the url validation so that it will accept inputs in the following format: no need to force a user to input or https:// You can find a comparison of some interesting regexes for validating URLs here.
Before you ask, and someone always does, these examples will currently work in the following browsers: Safari 5, Chrome 6, Opera 9, Firefox 4 Beta and the i Phone/i Pad.