Accordion Component

Accordion Core Component allows users to create expandable and collapsible sections in an Adaptive Form. It is often used to organize and simplify long or complex forms by breaking them up into smaller, more manageable sections. Each section of an accordion is typically represented by a header, which the user can click to expand or collapse the corresponding content. The content can be any Core Component.


There are several reasons why it is beneficial to include an accordion in an Adaptive Form, including:

  • Space saving: An accordion allows users to expand and collapse sections of a form, reducing the amount of space needed to display all the form fields at once.

  • Navigation: An accordion can be used to create a hierarchical navigation structure, making it easier for users to find the form fields they need.

  • User experience: Accordion can be used to make the form more user-friendly by providing a clear and intuitive way for users to access and fill in form fields.

  • Long Forms: Accordion is an ideal component to handle long forms, as it allows users to focus on one section at a time, rather than trying to process a lot of information all at once.

You can use:

  • The configure dialog to specify properties of the accordion component.

  • The Select panel popover to define the order of the panels of the accordion. This allows the author to arrange the panels in the order the panels should appear.

  • Options for a forms author to enable or disable certain features in the design dialog. For example, an author may choose to disable certain fields or sections of a form. These options allow the author to have greater control over the form’s design and functionality, making it easier to create forms that are tailored to the specific needs of the organization.

The configure dialog, and select panel popover and the design dialog are all part of the core components that are built to make the authoring of the forms easy and provide an efficient way to create complex forms.

Version and Compatibility

The Adaptive Forms Accordion Core Component was released in Feb 2023 as part of the Core Components 2.0.4 for Cloud Service and Core Components 1.1.12 for AEM Forms or later. Here’s a table showing all supported versions, AEM compatibility, and links to corresponding documentation:

Component Version AEM as a Cloud Service AEM Forms or later
v1 Compatible with
release 2.0.4 and later
Compatible with
release 1.1.12 and later but less than 2.0.0.

For information on Core Component versions and releases, refer to the Core Components Versions document.

Technical Details

Get the latest information on the Accordion Component in the technical documentation on GitHub. For more on developing Core Components, check out the Core Components developer documentation.

Configure Dialog

You can easily customize your accordion experience for visitors with the Configure Dialog. You can also define accordion items, panels, behavior, and appearance with ease for a seamless user experience.

Basic Tab

Basic tab

  • Name - You can identify a form component easily with its unique name both in the form and in the rule editor, but the name must not contain spaces or special characters.

  • Title - With its Title, you can easily identify a component in a form and by default, the title appears on top of the component. If you do not add a title, the name of the component is displayed instead of the title text.

  • Hide Title - Select the option to hide the component’s Title.

  • Wrap data in object - Choose “Wrap data in an object” to put the field data from the Wizard inside a JSON object. If not chosen, the submit data JSON has a flat structure for the Wizard’s fields.

  • Layout - You can have either a fixed layout (Simple) or a flexible layout (Responsive Grid) for your wizard. The Simple layout keeps everything fixed in the place, while the Responsive Grid allows you to adjust the position of components to suit your needs. For example, use Responsive Grid to align “First Name”, “Middle Name” and “Last Name” in a form in a single row.

  • Bind Reference - A bind reference is a reference to a data element that is stored in an external data source and used in a form. The bind reference allows you to dynamically bind data to form fields, so that the form can display the most up-to-date data from the data source. For example, a bind reference can be used to display a customer’s name and address in a form, based on the customer’s ID entered into the form. The bind reference can also be used to update the data source with data entered into the form. In this way, AEM Forms enables you to create forms that interact with external data sources, providing a seamless user experience for collecting and managing data.

  • Hide Component - Select the option to hide the component from the form. The component remains accessible for other purposes, such as using it for calculations in the Rule Editor. This is useful when you need to store information that doesn’t need to be seen or directly changed by the user.

  • Disable Component - Select the option to disable the component. The disabled component is not active or editable by the end user. The user can see the value of the field but cannot modify it. The component remains accessible for other purposes, such as using it for calculations in the Rule Editor.

Items Tab

Items tab

The Add button allows you to select a component to add as a panel from the component selection window. After adding the component, you can see the following options:

  • Icon - The icon identifies the component of the panel in the list. You can hover mouse over the icon to see the full component name as a tooltip.
  • Description - The description used as the text of the panel. By default, the name of the component is selected for the panel.
  • Delete - Tap or click to delete the panel from the accordion component.
  • Rearrange - Tap or click and drag to rearrange the order of the panels.

Help Content Tab

Help Content tab

  • Short description - A short description is a brief text explanation that provides additional information or clarification about the purpose of a specific form field. It helps the user understand what type of data should be entered into the field and can provide guidelines or examples to help ensure that the information entered is valid and meets the desired criteria. By default, short descriptions remain hidden. Enable the Always show short description option to display it below the component.

  • Always show short description - Enable the option to display the Short description below the component.

  • Help text - Help text refers to additional information or guidance that is provided to the user to assist them in filling out a form field correctly. It appears when the user clicks the help icon (i) placed next to the component. Help text provides more detailed information than a form field’s label or placeholder text, and is designed to help the user understand the requirements or constraints of the field. It can also offer suggestions or examples to make filling out the form easier and more accurate.

Accessibility Tab

Accessibility tab

Text for screen readers - Text for screen readers refers to additional text that is specifically intended to be read by assistive technologies, such as screen readers, used by visually impaired individuals. This text provides an audio description of the form field’s purpose, and can include information about the field’s title, description, name, and any relevant messages (Custom text). The screen reader text helps ensure that the form is accessible to all users, including those with visual impairments, and provides them with a complete understanding of the form field and its requirements.

Design Dialog

The Design Dialog lets template creators control how things are displayed by default. For the Adaptive Forms Accordion component, you can set the following:

  • The type of HTML heading elements that are allowed and set as the default (such as H1, H2, H3, etc.)
  • The core components that a form creator can add to the accordion in the Adaptive Forms editor
  • Simple names for styles (CSS classes) which can be applied in the properties dialog of accordion component in the Adaptive Forms editor.

This helps make the process of creating and customizing forms more straightforward and efficient.

Properties Tab

The Properties Tab allows template authors to set default and allowed HTML heading elements for form authors:

Design dialog properties tab

  • Allowed Heading Elements: A drop-down list with multiple options that lets the template author choose which headings elements can form author can use for accordion.

  • Default Heading Element: A drop-down list sets the default Heading element for accordion component.

Allowed Components Tab

The Allowed Components tab allows template editor to set the components that can be added as items to the panels in the Accordion component in the Adaptive Forms editor.

Allowed Components tab

Styles Tab

The tab is used to define and manage CSS styles for a component. The Adaptive Forms Accordion Core Component supports the AEM Style System.

Style tab

  • Default CSS Classes: You can provide a default CSS class for the accordion component.

  • Allowed Styles: You can define styles by providing a name and the CSS class that represents the style. For example, you can create a style named “bold text” and provide the CSS class “font-weight: bold”. You can use or apply these styles to an Adaptive Form in Adaptive Forms editor. To apply a style, in Adaptive Forms editor, select the component you want to apply the style to, navigate to the properties dialog, and select the desired style from the Styles drop-down list. If you need to update or modify the styles, simply return to the Design Dialog, update the styles in the styles tab, and save the changes.

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