Join Luke Wroblewski for an in-depth discussion in this video Smart defaults, part of Web Form Design Best Practices.
Defaults are powerful things.…When we set them, there is a good chance that they'll stick around.…As result, we want to be pretty smart about the defaults we set inside of our Web forms.…When we are, we can help people allow, and get them through forms faster and easier.…When we don't, it can create some problems.…Let's look at an example of setting defaults in a form.…On the eBay sell your item form, setting your shipping cost comes with a number…of different defaults.…First of all, the Shipping Service is set to Standard.…This is the service that the vast majority of people use when they sell things on eBay.…
Therefore, it makes for a great default.…Most people will use it, set it, and forget it.…Another example of setting Smart Default comes in Sales Tax area.…A vast majority of sellers on eBay don't set a sales tax and so the default here…is again set to I don't charge tax.…Now, look at the difference in the UI.…Shipping Service, while Standard is the default, is more likely to change.…Sales Tax is highly unlikely to change, so the UI reflects that.…
- 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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