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Lets assume we have a simple form like

 label: <input>
 label2: <input2>

and we want to place a tooltip icon: "?" there. Does it matter where we place it, for example:

label ?:  <input>


? label: <input>


label: <input> ?

What is the least annoying for the user, but steal clear and visible? Or all approaches are good and none is favorable?

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I believe the first one first one is the most appropriate, I read the label, digest the info, if it's not clear I get more information BEFORE I write down my answer. – LEOPiC Aug 23 '11 at 20:41
up vote 8 down vote accepted

I would go with

label: textfied (?)

for a user who doesn't need the hint, it's safely tucked away AFTER the textbox so it won't distract him.

I am assuming the 'tip' here is to guide users who have no idea what to enter in a particular field as opposed to preempting a frequently entered wrong answer (eg: which case the hint must always be displayed rather than a using tooltip).

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accepted, thanks for pointing out the purpose of the tooltip! you assume right that my intention was to just give a hint for users who have no idea what to type in, however the point about formatting is very nice! – mkk Aug 23 '11 at 22:22

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