Using an edit-in-place field for users to provide their name.
The phrase "Type your name" imperatively indicates that users can (and should!) type their name. However, unless the edit-in-place field is first clicked, typing a name affects nothing.
The phrase "Click here to edit your name", while a bit verbose, is becoming less suitable as people no longer "click" but touch with a finger.
What is a good way to prompt users to type their name into an edit-in-place field?
- Use the Yellow Fade Technique on the field that a user can edit.
- Use the "click here" phrase and carry on with life.
- Use "Your name" and hope they get the hint.
- Use a sliding or fading tool-tip?
For example, consider the following screen:
Users do not have to change "Unknown User" (their name), but they can personalize it if desired.