Input fields are several different controls such as textboxes, dropdown lists and radio buttons who reside in a (web) form.

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Is there a recommended size for search boxes?

Do users change their search patterns if the search is shorter? Do users search less if the search box is too large? The only article I'd found is a 2009 Smashing Magazine article: The [Nielsen] ...
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Dropdown chooser that contains both a list of options AND an input box

I have to offer a list of options e.g. Small, Large, XLarge, etc plus the ability to input a dynamic value e.g. a number. I thought about a split input box where the left side is editable and there ...
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How to avoid 12:00 AM midnight/noon confusion in a time input field?

I recently specified the wrong deadline for an assignment, for a "dropbox" in the D2L course management application. I was trying to choose 12:00 noon, and the time entry field showed 12:00 right ...
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Is there a best way to ask the user for tenure?

I have a form related to Loan emi calculator in my application where users are required to input the loan tenure in years and months. For now I have implemented two spinners each for year and month ...
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How to warn a user they are approaching the character limit for a text input field with a soft maximum?

I'm writing an internal web application to generate subtitle text for videos. Part of the requirement for this project is that each line not exceed X characters, except where circumstances warrant. I ...
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Best ux design for “add row” to enter multiple values

Ive seen this following method on Xing that allows multiple entries of unknown limit: I want a better way, since the + and - look confusing i sometimes get confused myself, in addition the high-...
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Automatically limiting or correcting numeric input field values

The application interface I am working on has a slider to select a number, but offers a text input field next to it. This allows you to read the currently selected value, but also supports keyboard ...
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How wide should input fields be?

I'm trying to find a good default width for money input in my forms. If I assume that the amount people will put in is under 1 billion Euro, the width of the value, including decimal places and ...
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What's the best way to show form labels that are longer than the corresponding fields (which require a short input)?

I'm having trouble with labeling of short input fields. Some labels have standard 280px width approximately, but others are quite small in order to offer clues on the expected input (characters). I'...
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Best way to design a compact form intended for value calculations and entering lots of data?

I'm working on a very large form, which is an adaptation of an excel file my client was using. I need to find a way to group elements, align the fields, and manage several input types, keeping the ...
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What is the best way to display nullable bool value as UI component?

There are common pattern for nullable (three state) bool checkbox But in real life, if user see only indeterminate (null) state and don't see checked (false) it often confusing that indeterminate is ...
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Why some websites ask for postal code even if it is not relevant?

Quite often I see websites have postal code field input field even when the website or its input form has nothing to do with postal services. Here is one example (After entering email it will expand ...
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Minimum length of characters for an autocomplete search input

I'm in the process of creating an a search input for restaurants with autocomplete. I was wondering if it would be best for me to require a minimum amount of characters before returning suggested ...
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When should input fields be cleared in modals, if at all?

I have an invoice page with a button to make a payment. The payment button triggers a series of modals for collecting user payment info (credit card/check details, billing details, payment ...
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Help designing non-mandatory but crucial fields for user input regarding allergy

I have a field that takes user input about allergies to various food etc. This field can not be made mandatory since not everyone is allergic, and therefore should not be forced to fill this field. ...
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What are the best practices for representing a boolean field in a form?

We have an interface for creating a group. These groups can be set to private, which is represented in the database with a boolean. Private: true/false. What are the best practices for representing ...
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Character limits on fields - pros and cons and best practices?

Some of our form fields have character limits. We're debating whether we should reflect the current size of data entry, or to simply hard-limit and inhibit data entry beyond that size. In HTML, ...
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Combined data and unit form field

Assume you’re helping to design the GUI of a WYSIWYG word processor. Users shall be able to change font size. There could be relative controls for larger and smaller and there could be keyword-based ...
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Single-Field Credit Card Payment. Experience or Published Data?

I'm currently attempting to employ the single-form credit card input solution similar to the one on Brad Frost's website (link below) but I'm facing some reluctance from others on this project due to ...
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Radio input appearance for mixed values

I'm looking for ideas on how to design radio buttons that have a second state that means "no change". So the user selects a few items, similar to how rectangular selection works in Windows Explorer ...
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What is the best practice for password field placeholders?

It seems like the accepted best practice for email fields is to have a label and an example email address. Assuming you want a consistent style, the label will make it clear that it's a password field....
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Which date picker is better?

In my opinion this traditional dropdown menu date picker is easier to use: than this calendar-type, which is more prevalent these days: Reason is, if I want to enter a birth date or a date that ...
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What is the best way to label placeholder call-to-actions?

I'm creating a search input where the user can search for: restaurants, dishes, and cuisines. I was wondering when it comes to placeholder text what is the most proper way to label this call-to-action?...
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Autofocus on mobile

The user is on a form only page. Does it makes sense to auto-focus the first field so that the keyboard automatically opens up. On the desktop it makes 100% sense, but I am not sure if I need to do ...
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Best way to ask the user how much something cost, approximately?

TL; DR; version: Users are given the possibility to write stories about certain activities they took part in. The price of these activities can vary, so it would be a good idea to give them the option ...
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Canadian Postal Code Input field

The Canadian postal codes is formed from 6 letters and 6 numbers, interposed. Example: M1K 3H7 The Canadian postal code is quite tricky for a user to enter into an input form field, especially on ...
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Locking input form fields, does it make sense?

In certain views of our web-application, all information is usually presented as input fields as they can be modified. Now, because of our rights and roles system, for some people, several input ...
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Make predictions on network configuration data based on IP

I am currently designing an interface for a network device, which needs to be configured by network admins. They are able to change the network settings (IP, subnet, gateway, dns), which got me ...
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Removing placeholder text on focus

Chrome, Safari, and Firefox 15+ remove placeholder text after pressing first key in the text input. Opera, IE, and Firefox 14 and below remove placeholder text immediately after focusing the text ...
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CMS: Best way to arrange a large number of fields? [closed]

I'm redesigning a CMS and I wanted to gather some opinions on what makes the best user experience for my particular dilemma. Here it is: The CMS controls a marketing-focused website for large ...
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Best way to enter/display relative time in a text box

In a reporting client I'm working on now, there is a need to filter data by different conditions, among which are conditions based on date/time. Decided, that user first selects a predicate from a ...
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Is there any conventions for using alternate fonts in user input fields?

My company is proceeding with a branding initiative which involves a branded font. The desire of the external agency is to apply the branded font to all input controls on the page, including text ...
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Should I limit inputable characters in an internationalized multiplatform app?

Suppose I am releasing a mobile app and website and make it available to English-speaking and non-English speaking users. We already support UTF8 encoding throughout our technical stack. However, is ...
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Why not allow numeric fields to do arithmetic computation?

Is there some reason to disallow arithmetic operation in numeric and other similar inputs? Or is it just lazyness of implementation. Some examples: I can not write an order for 6 bolts for 17 ...
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How to design a threshold input?

So I've got this fun little component I'm trying to put together. In this application users can set up a quality range which will be used to categorize objects based on where they fall on that range. ...
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“Floating labels” vs “Fixed small labels” on the the web?

On devices with small screens floating labels can improve readability, since the size of the placeholder's text tends to be considerably bigger than the one in the small labels and the latter just ...
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Should dropdown background color be same as other (text) inputs on a form?

Today I noticed one really annoying thing in a new layout from a designer. In the new design, all dropdowns had much darker background than other text inputs. For one, the contrast was quite poor, ...
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User-friendly date interval/duration input

I'm building a configuration page for a web application and some of the parameters are durations. Most of these durations are in days but there are some that might be specified in weeks, hours, or ...
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What's the best label for an 'occurrences' field?

I have a field where the user needs to enter the number of times they want to send out a document but need a better label. Firstly, they select the frequency (weekly, monthly, yearly) and then there ...
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What is the best way to implement tags? [closed]

I am developing a piece of software in java. In one of the inputs, the user should be able to add some tags, just like the ones of this page. I'd like to find out the best way to do this. Are there ...
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Warning and Critical numerical ranges

We have a system where users should be alerted when different metrics goes outside of specified boundaries. The user should be able to configure these boundaries for each metric. There is a warning ...
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Should number input fields also include dividers { . - }?

When we sign in to our online bank we often use our social security number which from the government has a dash in it. As in YYMMDD-XXXX (for Swedish). And when we want to transfer money from our ...
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Why aren't HTML5 typed number inputs right aligned, and should they be?

As you may know, with HTML5 when an input has type="number" the field is "customized". Two little arrows are added to the field (w3school example) but the numbers are still left aligned. I saw that ...
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How to define the number of people assigned to an activity in a friendly way (with regular updates)?

I work on a gaming web app. The user (player) has to assign people to different kind of activities on multiple views. Each view has 1 to 5 activities and a max amount of people. The user can assign 0 ...
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When is it appropriate to use a NumberPicker view in a touchscreen device app

In what kind of scenario should I actually use a NumberPicker in my mobile phone app user interface? By NumberPicker I mean a view on which the user can swipe to change the number, and the numbers ...
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Are users more likely to capitalize their names in name input fields?

I have a registration form where users are required to provide their first and last name. I've been contemplating implementing some sort of auto-capitalization callback but after reading this post I ...
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Use the same search box to search different types of data

I'm trying to figure out an elegant solution to this problem, but haven't had any great ideas. (This question is similar but doesn't really answer my issue) We allow our users to search different ...
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Display input text that exceed input width

I'm having some issues when the user types extensive text in a small input field. I need some good way to display data that will be cut off. I tried to use a Bootstrap based Tooltip or Popover on ...
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How to deal with whitespace left by fixed field width?

I am creating an infopath 2010 form, which will be accessed through a browser. Unfortunately, the browser based infopath field widths don't change based on the width of their contents. So, if you ...
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Consistency on tables with readonly / disabled fields (including inputs, dropdowns and buttons)

In a table (datatable) I have editable rows as you can see in the mockup. Under some conditions rows' input, dropdown and button must be readonly or disabled (unchangeable). The important note here ...