TextInputs are used to allow users to enter data into the interface. Most commonly found in form layouts as one of the most important form elements.

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TextInputs enable users to enter text or select data. You can use them for long and short-form entries. The type of Input used should reflect the length of the content you expect the user to enter.

When to use

  • A user needs to input unique information that cannot be predicted with a preset of options.
  • A user needs to input memorable data that can be entered more quickly in a free-hand format versus a more complex control.

When not to use

  • If a user can only enter an option from a predefined list then avoid using a text input as it is likely to result in an error. Consider using a selection input or control such as a dropdown, select, or radio button group instead.

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