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A user-friendly setup for number-only inputs with plain HTML

Number-only inputs aren't as straightforward as you might expect. Most people would instinctively reach for the type="number" attribute, but it might not be enough. Sure, it shows a numeric keyboard on mobile, but allows users to enter non-numeric characters. Plus, the up and down arrows on desktop are not particularly useful for entering, say, a PIN code or a credit card number.

Instead, we can use inputmode="numeric". This ensures that the mobile keyboard is numeric-only, not even including some symbols that were available. We should also add pattern="[0-9]+" to constrain the input value. And, as far as the type attribute is concerned, that's up to you. Either type="text" or type="number" will work just fine.

  PIN code
  <input type="text" inputmode="numeric" pattern="[0-9]+"" />
ℹ Important

Most browsers don't bother validating that the input is numeric-only, even for type="number". This, in combination with numeric inputs often accepting scientific notation (e.g. 1e3), means that you'll need to write some validation logic yourself.

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