How to give your FORMS structure (without tables)

How to create a structured looking form with text beside the input-fields, without using tables.

Here’s how to do it with CSS:

Example 1:

In this example, I’m going to simply create a standard form with no CSS:



First name:
<input type=”text” name=”firstname”><br>
Last name:
<input type=”text” name=”lastname”>


It displays like this:

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As you can see, the colons and the text fields are not aligned.

Now we’ll use some CSS to get it to look the way I want.

Example 2:

First, I create a class for the text. I’ll call it “fieldname” so I can easily remember it and  it’s pretty self-evident what it’s purpose is.

Here’s the new code:



<div class=”fieldname“>First name:</div>
<input name=”firstname” type=”text”>


<div class=”fieldname“>Last name:</div>
<input name=”lastname” type=”text”>


Now we use CSS to style the fieldname class. We float the text (fieldname)  to the left, and align the text on the right, so the colons are aligned one above the other. Then let’s give it a decent width so all the text characters fit on one line, and we’ll add some margin between the text and the input-field, to make everything more visually appealing.


.fieldname {

float: left;

text-align: right;

margin-right: 15px;

width: 100px;


Here’s what it looks like now:

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Much more attractive! And all without using tables!


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Give your HTML FORMS structure, without using tables
Create an attractive form in HTML with the text labels to the left (or right) of the input fields, styled with CSS to give it table-like structure.
Diane Metcalf
Image and Aspect