Accept several email addresses in a form with the multiple attribute

A popular tweet of mine that’s been doing rounds again (thanks to an RT by Stefan, whom you should definitely follow) is this little tip:

By setting the multiple attribute on an input[type="email"] you can have it accept multiple entries. Each entry is separated by a comma and is validated individually.

Here’s a little demo video of how that works:

💁‍♂️ For a slight moment there you can see that [email protected] is considered valid. As per RFC 822 the [email protected] format — used mainly in local networks — indeed is allowed.

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However, it was pointed out to me that on iOS this isn’t usable by default:

On iOS, the “email keyboard” looks like this, with no comma to be found (not even when switching to numbers/symbols):

To work around this limitation you can manually override the input to use the regular keyboard by setting the inputmode attribute to text.

That way we still have the built-in browser validation rules (triggered by [type="email"]) and a means to type in a comma (triggered by [inputmode="text"]). Double win!

💁‍♂️ Sidenote: With this inputmode attribute you can create better number inputs.

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Combining what we know, here’s a full demo for you to play with:

See the Pen
Accepting multiple e-mail addresses in one input
by Bramus (@bramus)
on CodePen.

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Customise the caret color with the CSS caret-color property

Thanks to this tweet by Álvaro Trigo I found out that you can change the color of the caret — that little blinking | in text inputs — using the caret-color CSS property:

Example:

input {
  caret-color: red;
}

💁‍♂️ Do note that the caret-color defaults to currentColor, so you don’t need to manually match the color set on an element.

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Browser support is really great:

Data on support for the css-caret-color feature across the major browsers from caniuse.com

💡 Shown above is a live CanIUse.com table, showing an always up-to-date support table. By the time you are reading this browser support might have become better.

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Wondering if there were more caret-* properties this turned out to be not the case. A pity though, as I can think of cases where I would like to set the caret-height and caret-thickness, such as emulating the cursor of a terminal:

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As a fun little experiment Tim Carambat created a Pen that changes the caret color from green to yellow to red as you near the maxlength of the <textarea> you’re typing in.

See the Pen
Color Changing Cursor in TextArea
by Timothy Carambat (@rambat1010)
on CodePen.

Usability-wise this isn’t that great, but it’s fun nonetheless 🙂

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