Now I've finally gotten this out of the way...

I’ve always wanted to produce semantically correct HTML forms. But sometimes, life gets in the way, styling incompetence, laziness, and I end up having forms that look like:

<form ... >
<b>Name:</b><input ... /><br />
<b>Email:</b><input ... /><br />
</form>

Yuck.

I recently got around to clarify what is the more "correct" markup to use at the WebSG mailing list, and this is the one I settled with

<form ... >
<fieldset>
   <legend>Some Context</legend>
  <dl>
   <dt><label for="someid">Name</label></dt>
     <dd><input id="someid" ... /></dd>
 <dl>
</fieldset>
</form>

Ok. But that’ll be a pain to write. Even if something generated the HTML files for me, there is still a lot of markup noise in there to be comfortable maintaining. So I’d set out to define what I’d like to write for Rails to render the above HTML

<% form_for :some do |f| %>
<% f.fieldset 'Some Context' do |f| %>
<%= f.text_field :name %>
<% end %>
<% end %>

Tighter code, less HTML noise in the file to distract me from the task at hand (the attributes, values, etc). Once I cook up a base style for this form, CSS will save me from all future look & feel changes… *blissful expression*

 1. cd $RAILS_ROOT # your current Rails app
2. svn export http://choonkeat.svnrepository.com/svn/rails-plugins/web_sg_form_builder . --force
3. ./script/server
4. Go to http://localhost:3000/web_sg_form_builder

And you should get this page of instruction / demo:

WebSgFormBuilder