On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM, S Page <spage@wikimedia.org> wrote:
A while back I made https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/65346/ to add the "vform" layout (vertically-stacked using Agora buttons) to the HTMLForm class, and Matt Walker just merged it (thanks!). Forms using HTMLForm can choose this layout and then they'll resemble the Login and Create account pages.

As a demonstration the patch changes Special:PasswordReset to use this layout. It only takes a couple of lines to convert a form:
    $form->setDisplayFormat( 'vform' );
    // Turn the old-school line around the form off.
    $form->setWrapperLegend( false );


Cool! Thanks S and Matthew. I assume this update will ride the train out to production today? If so, I'll announce. 

Obviously this hints at future improvements we could make to this form. For instance: why don't we combine the fields and just say "Username or email address"? Having two fields where you really only need one stinks. If it's technically a bear to combine the fields to accept either type of input, perhaps a radio button to select email or username, with one input field?

Steven Walling,
Product Manager