Join Luke Wroblewski for an in-depth discussion in this video Unnecessary inputs, part of Web Form Design Best Practices.
Every question we ask people on a web form requires them A)…to understand what the question is B)…think about how they're going to respond to it and then 3) put in their answer…in the affordance we've provided for them.…That's a lot of thinking for every single question we ask.…As a result it makes a lot of sense to be very vigilant about everything we're…putting in front of people.…As I mentioned earlier in talking about form length, asking ourselves, Can…this question be removed?…Can this question be postponed?…Or, can it be inferred based on information we already know?…In other words, what are the ways we can really cut down on unnecessary inputs.…
There are some obvious examples, but there are also a few that take a little bit…of thought, but the benefits can be really big.…So let's look at an example from eBay's original registration form.…This was pre-2004 so around 2003 and when somebody actually signed up to use…eBay to either buy or sell something of interest to them they were asked a…
- 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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