Join Luke Wroblewski for an in-depth discussion in this video Label alignment, part of Web Form Design Best Practices.
Web forms are basically a series of questions, and how we ask those questions…generally falls on labels.…Labels inside of a Web form queue up the information we need from people.…The way we ask those questions and the way we lay those questions out is often…a topic of a lot of debate, in particular, label alignment.…Let's jump back to that Boingo get online form that I talked about much earlier.…Here, the way we're being asked every question is with a little gray label…underneath the input field.…
Now, bottom-aligned labels tend to be a bad idea because it's not clear upfront…what question we're being asked.…Remember in the past the completion is people start from the top and make their…way down, question; ability to answer it; question; ability to answer it.…It works a bit better than answer; question. Not really how we naturally work.…So what are our other options?…Well, if we rule out bottom-aligned labels for these reasons, we are left with…top-aligned, left-aligned, and right-aligned labels.…
- Understanding why forms matter
- Deciding on the form length and structure
- Adding tabs to a form
- Creating required fields
- Adding input masks
- Creating selection-dependent inputs and actions
- Displaying success and error messages
- Adding inline validation
- Understanding gradual engagement
- Enabling touch and audio input on devices
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Form Organization
2. Form Interaction
3. Moving Beyond Static Forms
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