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Let the text fields grow

September 18, 2008 by alex

I find it rather hard to choose the right size for text boxes. They are either to small so that you feel like caged in while writing into them or they are so big that you feel lost in that great white emptiness. These times are past since someone came up with auto expanding text areas (e.g. facebook uses them).

For one of our rails apps we use John R. Wulff’s ‘text_area_with_auto_resize’ plugin. The plugin will give you auto growing text boxes for all text_area calls. I wrote a little extension for prototype’s (1.6.x) in-place editing text area that makes these text areas auto growing as well. So we can have auto growing text areas all over the place. ;)