Why does someone go to all this trouble? In a consumer world with low switching costs and short attention spans, the easier you can make forms like sign-up and checkout experiences for users, the more of them you'll be able to capture as they move through these steps. A key component of all this is understanding the extent to which you can control form behavior. That's what this chapter is all about. I'll begin by taking a detailed look at the
Form object itself.
Form object, known as an
HTMLFormElement in DOM parlance, is the object representation of the HTML form object. If you've worked with HTML forms before, you'll recognize the HTML tag and many of its attributes:
<form id="signupForm" name="signupForm" action="signup.php" enctype="application/x-www-form-urlencoded" method="post" target="_self" > <!-- FORM CONTENTS ...