Prototype Form getInputs() Method


This method returns a collection of all INPUT elements in a form. Use optional type and name arguments to restrict the search on these attributes.

Input elements are returned in the document order, not the tabindex order.


formElement.getInputs([type [, name]]);

Return Value

  • It returns an array of HTMLFormElement.
form.getInputs()       // -> all INPUT elements
form.getInputs('text') // -> only text inputs

var buttons = form.getInputs('radio', 'education')
// -> only radio buttons of name "education"


<title>Prototype examples</title>
   <script type="text/javascript" 

function showResult()
   var form = $('example'); 
   var arr = form.getInputs(); 
   arr.each(function(item) {
      alert("Return Element 1 : " + item.inspect());



  <p>Click the button to see the result.</p>
  <br />

  <form id="example" action="#" onsubmit="return false">
  <fieldset><legend>User info</legend>
  <div><label for="username">Username:</label> 
  <input name="username" id="username" value="Sulien" type="text">
  <div><label for="age">Age:</label> 
  <input name="age" id="age" value="23" size="3" type="text">
  <div><label for="hobbies">Your hobbies are:</label>
  <select name="hobbies" id="hobbies" multiple="multiple">

  <br />
  <input type="button" value="Result" onclick="showResult();"/>


To understand it in better way you can Try it yourself.