Forms are generally used to retrieve user input such as text, selected radio button, selected checkboxes and actions like pushing a button

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How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled?

Is there a good graphical sign which tells the user that a particular field on the page is autocomplete enabled? For instance, the field name says "Document author". When you start typing in that ...
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Is The HTML5 Search Form Useful In Terms of Usability

HTML5 (the new version of html) has a number of new features, and one of those features is that there is a new type of input that is basically the same as the normal input field (like the one you use ...
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Is it appropriate to display the warning message “Caps Lock is on”?

Is it appropriate to display the warning message "Caps Lock is on" when focus shifts to Password field? In gmail and yahoo I don't see it. So, what does the standard say?
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Usability of hiding the submit button (and using the enter key to submit)

More and more commonly, I find that websites elect to hide or remove the submit button from forms. One obvious example is this site (along with other StackExchange sites), whose search field lacks a ...
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Why might right aligned field labels be better?

For the longest time, I've used left-aligned labels in my forms, like this: I did this because I thought having the labels left aligned made it easier for readers to scan the list of labels. ...
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Difference between 'modify' and 'edit' buttons

Is there a difference between the words 'modify' and 'edit'? I am creating a form that will allow users to make changes to their order - what should the call to action button name be - 'edit your ...
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Facebook permission requests - when to ask?

I am working on a 'fun' Facebook app that asks ten questions and presents you with a 'fun' result. We need to ask permission to access some of the users data, this consists of their 'Basic ...
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Is it a good practice to show a sign-up or registration form as seperate parts rather than in one go?

I am designing a registration form for a site with multiple sets of information required from the user. I have categorized the data fields into relevant groups. Now should I present the form sections ...
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What is the reason behind the + sign/icons with buttons?

I have seen few high profile site which use + sign/icons for buttons, while other don't. Does any body know what is the reason behind using sign with buttons, should i use signs/icons with buttons? ...
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Switching to tab which has error when there's an error

I noticed this issue a few times. An app has a settings page where the settings are split into different tabs in a tab control. I hit update, an error shows up and I scan the current tab for the ...
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International Phone Number Field Layout and Design.

I have a form that asks for the customer's phone number number. The customer's are international and not limited to the U.S. and Canada. Does anyone have any best practices on how to layout (and ...
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With a webpage 'Contact Us' form should I set the input focus to the 'Your Name' box?

Personally, for the sites I have worked on and used, I like to have the page load input focus of a page that is primarily a form have set to the first box, e.g. 'your name'. I believe that the ...
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Input form label alignment top or left?

Although I have researched on input form label alignment, I need solid suggestion on when to use form label alignment top and when to use left and why? For example in the below form username and ...
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Popup vs page for contact form

I am working on simple web app site and we have "Contact sales" screen, where we have only a phone number and a small form (~5 fields). Does it make sense to use a popup for that screen instead of a ...
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“Burn” or “Save” [closed]

Estou com uma dúvida e gostaria de saber se alguém possui alguma referência a respeito disso. O usuário preenche formulários, insere dados em uma tabela, gera vários tipos de interação na página, ...
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What is the best way to indicate required fields in a deep, category dropdown menu?

We have a UX situation in an enterprise site for a very large customer that has a very deep product list for a support site. We need to indicate that the product field is required, but deeply nested. ...
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All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form

I have a website with a form users fill out to create an account. Following advice from this forum and other places I am asking for only the minimum required information to create an account, i.e. ...
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Best way to show a form field group with multiple values?

Something like these: The button below adds a new group where the user can fill each of the fields. I think that isn't best way to show because the list could be one-to-infinite and the usability ...
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how to control user focus?

i am currently developing a prototype for a piece of software. One of the most important things is to show the client, how the UI will look like, so I am making real wpf windows with no real data ...
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What is the best way to display date validation errors?

I am performing date validation on several forms. This validation includes making sure a date does not fall on a weekend, does not fall on a major holiday, is at least 3 business days from the current ...
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Do you think that it is a wrong decision to use a textarea for “add comments”?

Whenever we add a comment there is this textarea box. OK the first thing that gets into my mind is that I can press the "Enter" key in a textarea box and it will give me a newline. If its a normal ...
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tables with lots of columns

I have a table that lists various attributes of an individuals personal development plan; objective, time to complete objective, comments etc. The table is editable so the user can directly add ...
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Best place for placement of error messages on a form (both generic and specific) [duplicate]

I'm working on a simple registration form which, when invalid data is entered, will display both a generic error (e.g: "There is an error on your form") and also specific errors (e.g: "This is not a ...
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How do you design a registration form?

I am trying to learn about registration forms, what should I be careful about when designing one? Is there any "best practice" or do you know any great websites with great examples of registration ...
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Are “reset” buttons redundant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a cancel button necessary in a web form? Are form "reset" buttons redundant? If not, why not? Give me a case where they are completey accepted, useful and maybe even ...
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How to lay out a list of lot of checkboxes that may vary in length?

I have a list of checkboxes under header titles (at least three, one of them has sub headers, all in one page), something like this: Problem is, these checkboxes may end up with 10 elements per ...
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How do I elegantly limit text area input by size not by character count.

I am building a web app that requires user input of text and images to be placed on a PDF page which will later be printed as a letter. This page will have a specified area for text and a specified ...
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Mapping navigation to content in a CMS backend

I'm trying (desperately) to collect good ideas for a backend form to manually map various types of content to navigation items. The problem is apparently very common, but since there are gazillion ...
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The Great Mobile UX Debate: Scroll or Click

Here's the stage: We have an inspection app on windows mobile. We are considering a html version. There are numerous inspections and there is an internal debate as to whether all questions should ...
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Pros/Cons of customized/reproduced HTML elements

I have a very specific case where the <select/> elements in a browser interface are replaced with a custom HTML structure while styling is added via CSS and functionality is added via ...
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Inline review and confirmation while you type

I love the way that as I am typing this question, I am seeing what I am typing appear below, and it makes errors much easier to spot. Can anyone enlighten me to the science or technique behind this - ...
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Making contact detail form more friendly

I have a windows based form in my project for adding contact details. Here's a screenshot I have added textbox for First name, Last name , var and cst (vat and cst are numbers related to ...
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Wizard or Tab ?

When I want to make an input dialog with lots of input field, do I need make the dialog in wizard style or tab style? Any suggestions?
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Drop-down field with only one value

If there's a form that requires a user to select, let's say, one of the email addresses he/she has on file in his account, would it be bad practice to make that menu item a drop-down regardless of how ...
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Multiple input boxes on a search form - And/Or Functionality

I am looking at redesigning a search form, which has multiple cases of ‘And/Or’ in between 6 different input boxes. So a user must enter at least 1 piece of search criteria, but may enter up to 7 if ...
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How would you handle user access management with 4 levels and 9+ unique roles?

I've been racking my brain over this, and haven't had any luck in finding existing use cases similar to mine. I'm implementing the front-end for our website reporting software. We've got some legacy ...
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Contact form or mailto: link?

I'm aware that mailto: links only work for people who use a mail client. Assuming most novice users don't, is it safe to assume that contact forms are only appropriate when the target audience isn't a ...
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Is it better to force sign in before or during restricted forms?

I am building a form that will require a person to be signed in to successfully post. Filling out this for is ESSENTIAL to my web application, so I really want to make it as painless as possible - ...
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What is the point of bbcode (and related markup)?

Why do some sites/forums use bbcode or another formatting language when they could just allow filtered html?
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Toggle FIND button to OK in Find dialog when search result shown

We have a search dialog that has a criteria pane at the top, and a result pane at the bottom. We have placed the FIND button between the two panes in the dialog, but in practice people are expecting ...
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Multiple lists on one screen — best approach?

Let's say I have a profile screen with two lists: one for Friends and another for Hobbies. This is just an example. It could as well be a Customer screen with Suppliers and Orders. I'm looking to ...
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How to facilitate mass data entry?

I am a programmer & I am working on a web app that requires a GUI for facilitating mass data entry. Now this "data entry" can be of different types like audio, video, text etc. I already have ...
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input type file workaround for usability reason

The HTML input of type file consists of a text filed and a button that says "Browse". Because our users are not English speakers, we would like to change the wording on the button to be in Hebrew. But ...
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Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?

I've been tasked with designing a simple questionnaire design with a lot of different types of questions. I've been taking a lot of web-based surveys myself as well as testing some with users. The ...
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Best pattern for international address forms?

I've noticed an emerging pattern in web-based forms is to put the country field before city/state. This is contrary to how we would normally fill out an address on paper, but it allows us to have ...
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Long scrolling form or 3 compact pages?

I have a form with three sections, each with about a dozen fields: General Product Information Product Details Shipping Options Should I place all sections on a single page (thereby forcing the ...
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Best place to put registration fields?

I have a form that will allow a user to post a classified listing on my site. The thing is, we required users to be signed in to post...so instead of redirecting a user to a separate page to sign in ...
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Whats an intuitive interface for managing user groups and permissions?

I am building a web app with an admin interface for editing users, groups and permissions. Currently, the interface looks like this: http://cl.ly/3I0l1B1e2x092g0s3q1B To remove a permission from a ...
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How should I ask users for their location and preferences?

I am building a website (non-commerce) that relies heavily on user's location and user's preferences. Think of it as a map where you want to see where your friends are, closest events you might ...
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Common pattern for “multiple fields, at least one required”

Clearly the asterisk is a popular web standard for identifying unconditionally required fields. But what if any one field out of several is required? For example, there are separate fields for home ...