Join Luke Wroblewski for an in-depth discussion in this video Required fields, part of Web Form Design Best Practices.
Not every question in a web form has to be answered by every person…that encounters it.…There are some questions that are required, that is, they have to have an…answer, others that are optional.…Indicating which fields are required is usually pretty useful when there are…lots of fields, but very few are required.…This lets people really scan the form and see what they need to complete.…An indication of which fields are optional is more useful when very few…fields are optional.…Again, allowing people to really see where they can slack off.…Neither is really useful when every single field is required.…
Let's look an example here on barnesandnoble.com, every question has this…little orange asterisks, if we look over the top, we see that the orange…asterisk indicates Required.…Yet, there isn't a single field here that doesn't have to be filled in, so…what's really the point of the indicator.…You'll note that when Barnes & Noble went through a redesign, they kept the…asterisk on every question, but removed the key that indicates what it's doing.…
- 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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