[drupal-devel] [feature] Patch to add 'wide' to class of wide form items. (Solves theme problems with wide fields.)

moshe weitzman drupal-devel at drupal.org
Fri Sep 2 15:41:10 UTC 2005

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 Project:      Drupal
 Version:      cvs
 Component:    base system
 Category:     feature requests
 Priority:     normal
 Assigned to:  jjeff
 Reported by:  jjeff
 Updated by:   moshe weitzman
 Status:       patch (code needs review)

perhaps Steven or Chris will chime in here. Would be nice to resolve

moshe weitzman

Previous comments:

Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:13:29 +0000 : jjeff

Attachment: http://drupal.org/files/issues/common.wide.patch (5.33 KB)

We've all seen wide Drupal forms break a fixed width theme by "blowing
out" the right side of the theme. Here's a solution to the problem.

This patch adds a "wide" class tag to any textfield, password,
textarea, or autocomplete form item with a width (size) of more than 40
characters. By also adding a css rule in drupal.css that sets any "wide"
form-items to width:100%, we keep these form items under control. Of
course the assumption is that any form items with a width greater than
40 are intended to be full width. Opposing viewpoints are welcome.

Here's the css rule:

.form-item .wide {
  width: 100%;

patch for common.inc is attached.


Tue, 02 Aug 2005 15:45:46 +0000 : Prometheus6

Actually, I use this rule in my style.css:

form {
  width: 95%


Tue, 02 Aug 2005 18:12:25 +0000 : drumm

I think this is greatly needed.

I do not think making any form element with a size greater than 40 into
a wide field is a good idea. For forms in blocks a wide field might have
a smaller size.

A better way to implement this would be using a special value of the
$size argument to mean 'wide'. This could be 0 and may have an
associated constant such as FORM_WIDE. When the size is 0 then that
attribute may be omitted and the class added. This is a lot more to
patch since that requires finding every call to form_* which has a
large width, but I think the result will be worth it.


Wed, 03 Aug 2005 01:09:29 +0000 : jjeff

Hmm... that brings this from simple to complicated very quickly.

But I can understand the need for some for smaller fields to respect
their parent's width as in blocks or other side content.

How about this solution (notice last argument):

function form_textfield($title, $name, $value, $size, $maxlength, $description = NULL, $attributes = NULL, $required = FALSE, $fullwidth = FALSE) {

This would be backward compatible with all existing modules, but it
would give developers a chance to make their intentions about the width
rendering of a form field completely clear. If fullwidth is set to TRUE,
then "fullwidth" is added to the item's class.

And we'd be looking at this in drupal.css:

.form-item .wide {
  width: 100%;

And then all textfield, password, textarea, or autocomplete form items
in the core should probably be examined for intent and patched

I realize that it's a little confusing to have both a 'size' argument
in addition to 'fullwidth' when you really just want to have your field
be the width of the block, but remember that 'size' is an html tag and
the 'fullwidth' class is a css tag. In the interest of compliance, we
should probably keep both.



Wed, 03 Aug 2005 10:18:33 +0000 : Bèr Kessels

IMO you can determine that $maxwith from $size. No needfor an extra

But this issue isn't as simple as adding a width=100% more often than
not padding/margins and that awfull borderbox model break this
completely. Often I have to go for a em siize or even 86% or so. 

It is greatly needed, but really needs to be implemented in a solid
way. not a hacked up parameter, please.


Wed, 03 Aug 2005 15:30:34 +0000 : Dries

I think forms in blocks are a rare exception.  If this is much wanted,
I'd prefer to keep this really simple and not go with extra parameter
mambo jambo.


Wed, 03 Aug 2005 18:29:16 +0000 : drumm

size is an optional attribute as far as I can tell. I don't think we
need to include it. Although it could be useful in environments with
different levels of CSS support. We can always have the theme put in
the ideal size value to for the theme (or ~60 for the default, it seems
to be the most common now) when the size argument is 0 or FORM_WIDE.


Fri, 05 Aug 2005 18:55:45 +0000 : jjeff

Let's not let this issue die due to indecision.

Anyone else want to weigh in on this?

What's the 'right' way to keep form fields from blowing out their


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