Fixing JSF Radio Button layout when using Twitter Bootstrap

Twitter Bootstrap adds ‘display:block’ to labels by default, which oddly affects the way radio buttons are displayed if renderd using JSF – the label drops down to the next line.

To work around this, add a class using styleClass to the <h:selectOneRadio> tag, and then use some additional CSS to set display back to ‘inline’ for labels within an element using the class you used on the selectOneRadio tag.

Here’s some example CSS:

.inlineRadioButtons {

.inlineRadioButtons label {
    display: inline;

And here’s it used on some JSF generating radio buttons:

    <h:panelGrid columns="2">
    <h:outputText value="Color:" />
    <h:selectOneRadio value="#{testBean.selectedColor}"
        <f:selectItems value="#{testBean.colors}" var="#{item}"
            itemValue="#{item}" itemLabel="#{item.desc}"></f:selectItems>
    <h:commandButton action="#{}" value="Save" styleClass="btn btn-primary"/>

Twitter Bootstrap essentials

Twitter Bootstrap is a great way to get started with a CSS look and feel for a site or webapp without spending much time yourself messing with your own CSS.

In a nutshell, here’s the essentials:

  • You must use the HTML5 doctype,without it, your layouts in IE look random:
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  • Layout can either be:
    • Fixed:
      <div class="container">
    • or Fluid:
      <div class="container-fluid">
  • The layout is based on 12 columns. Use the following classes to control your layout with the 12 columns – the number of offset columns and spanned columns should total 12. Offset and Span classes can be combined:
    • row : encloses one row in the layout
      <div class="row">
    • offsetX : where X is a number of columns to offset
      <div class="offset1 span2">
    • spanX : where X is the number of columns to span

Complete example:

<div class="container">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="offset1 span2">Left column</div>
        <div class="span8">right column, one column left blank on right</div>