This example demonstrates how to build dynamic forms with labels above fields and various elements like PrimeFaces separator. Try to switch two forms by clicking on the "Switch model" link. Note, XHTML code with pe:dynaForm stays the same, only Java model gets changed.
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<p:commandLink id="switch" value="Switch model" process="switch" update="dynaFormGroup"
                   action="#{anotherDynaFormController.switchModel}" style="font-weight:bold;"/>

    <h:panelGroup id="dynaFormGroup" layout="block" style="margin-top: 15px;">
        <p:messages id="messages" showSummary="true"/>

        <pe:dynaForm id="dynaForm" value="#{anotherDynaFormController.model}" var="data"
                     openExtended="true" widgetVar="dynaFormWidget">
            <pe:dynaFormControl styleClass="pe-dynaform-label">
                <h:outputText value="#{data}"/>
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="separator" styleClass="separator ui-state-disabled">
                <h:panelGrid columns="2" style="width:100%;" columnClasses="separatorText">
                    <h:outputText value="#{data}"/>
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="name" for="autocompl">
                <p:autoComplete id="autocompl" value="#{data.value}" required="#{data.required}"
                                dropdown="true" completeMethod="#{anotherDynaFormController.complete}"/>
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="address" for="txt">
                <p:inputText id="txt" value="#{data.value}" required="#{data.required}"/>
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="booleanchoice">
                <p:selectBooleanCheckbox value="#{data.value}" required="#{data.required}"
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="radiochoice">
                <p:selectOneRadio value="#{data.value}" required="#{data.required}">
                    <f:selectItems value="#{data.selectItems}"/>
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="editor">
                <p:textEditor value="#{data.value}" height="150" secure="false"/>
            <pe:dynaFormControl type="audioslider">
                <h:inputHidden id="input" value="#{data.value}"/>
                <h:panelGrid columns="2">
                    <p:slider for="input" display="output" style="width:150px;"/>
                    <h:outputText id="output" value="#{data.value}" style="margin-left: 5px;"/>

            <f:facet name="buttonBar">
                <p:commandButton value="Submit" action="#{anotherDynaFormController.submitForm}"
                                 process="dynaForm" update=":mainForm:dynaFormGroup :mainForm:inputValues"
                                 oncomplete="handleComplete(xhr, status, args)"/>
                <p:commandButton type="reset" value="Reset" style="margin-left: 5px;"/>
                <p:commandButton type="button" value="Show / hide more fields"
                                 style="margin-left: 5px;" onclick="PF('dynaFormWidget').toggleExtended()"/>

    <p:dialog header="Input values" widgetVar="inputValuesWidget">
        <h:panelGroup id="inputValues" layout="block" style="margin:10px;">
            <h:outputText value="#{anotherDynaFormController.formFields}" escape="false"/>

    <h:outputScript id="dynaFormScript" target="body">
        /* <![CDATA[ */
        function handleComplete(xhr, status, args) {
            if (args && args.isValid) {
            } else {

        /* ]]> */

    <h:outputStylesheet id="dynaFormCSS">
        .pe-dynaform-cell {
            padding-bottom: 8px;

        .pe-dynaform-label {
            text-align: left;
            padding: 2px 20px 0 0;

        .pe-dynaform-cell.separator {
            padding: 10px 0 10px 0;

        .pe-dynaform-cell.separator .separatorText {
            width: 15%;
            padding-left: 0;

        .ui-autocomplete .ui-autocomplete-dropdown {
            right: -2px;
Components and more
Attributes (move mouse over the names to see data types)
Name Description
id Unique identifier of the component in a naming container.
rendered Boolean value to specify the rendering of the component, when set to false component will not be rendered.
binding An EL expression referring to a server side UIComponent instance in a backing bean.
widgetVar Name of the client side widget.
value Instance of type DynaFormModel representing model of this component.
var Name of the request-scoped variable for the underlaying object for each iteration.
varContainerId Name of the request-scoped variable which contains the prefix of the client Id within pe:dynaFormControl. This property allows to get the whole clientId of a component within pe:dynaFormControl. The whole client Id is sometimes required for JavaScript or RequestContext.update(...).
autoSubmit Flag whether the form has to be submitted automatically after current page has been loaded. Note: the form can be submitted if it contains at least one submit button. Default value is false.
openExtended Flag whether the extended grid has to be shown opened on page load. Default value is false.
buttonBarPosition Button bar position. Possible values are "top" | "bottom" | "both". Default value is "bottom".
style Style of the main container element. Default value is null.
styleClass Style class of the main container element. Default value is null.
columnClasses Comma separated list of label and control style classes. Default value is null.
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