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

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Should all fields in a web form be the same length? [duplicate]

Attached is a screenshot of a web application I am building. It shows where the user can enter input to perform a search. My question: should the text boxes/comboboxes all be the same width? The ...
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i18N and form design

I'm trying to design a web form supporting internationalization (i18n). The form will be part of a large event management software. Users login, create events (like conferences, roadshows, and so ...
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Is the asterisk the common symbol to mark fields as required in all languages?

I did some research but didn't find an answer to it. The asterisk seems to be a common symbol on the web for marking input or user interaction as required. Most likely it has it's origins in print ...
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Balance between mandatory fields and optional fields

I am working on the project part of which is building a user profile page that is used to collect some information from the user so that this can be used to display better matching results for that ...
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Does the size of an input influence its value?

I've recently started using BackBlaze as my backup service and I noticed something interesting on their restore sign-in page. The password input is slightly longer than their email input. Since ...
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Should I vary input field lengths in a single page checkout form?

I am currently designing a single page checkout form. I would appreciate some feedback on the lengths of my input fields. In the Billing and Shipping sections I have staggered the length of the ...
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Validating Phonewords/Vanity Numbers

I am redesigning a system where the user can enter various contact details for associates via a personal details form. In this form there is a phone number input field. After a phone number is ...
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I have a typeahead in my form. How do I get people to select its options?

I am the UXD (I use this as loosely as possible) for an education startup company. I have a typeahead in my sign up form: This is the last entry in the sign up form. Underneath that (hidden right ...
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How to indicate on a form field that additional important documentation is available?

We have a primarily form-based application. Most field labels are hyperlinked to a formal instructions document via context-sensitive help links (the mouse cursor changes to show this.) This works ...
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Default Android input field styling

I have been showing a prototype of my app to a few people and am surprised by how many of them don't know where to type. The main screen has three input fields and a search button. I'm talking about ...
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Idea for improved usability for HTML form checkboxes and radio buttons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the cursor change to pointer over radio buttons, checkboxes, their labels and selects? My problem is that the little checkbox and radio buttons for form controls ...
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Labels inside or outside text inputs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field? Are there any advantages / disadvantages in placing ones labels outside ones text inputs ...
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When filling out a form to what extent should validation be done while the user is still typing?

I'm working on a registration form and it validates some parts while the user is still typing. For example, the username is being checked after each character is entered to see if it is available or ...
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How to make HTML5 number input field more user friendly?

I am upgrading my website to adopt HTML5 standard. I have a field that only accepts integers from 0-99. Originally it has the following code: <input name='age' type='text' size=2 maxlength=2> ...
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Placeholder : field label or sample data?

I am designing a generic form. Every input has a label positioned right above it. My question is about using input fields placeholder : Should they be a reminder of the label (Ex : Label : Username ...
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Placeholder Miscommunication Prevention

I've been doing some research into text input placeholders, and came across this: Pardot User Guide: Placeholders are not Substitutes for Labels. What struck my interest was: Data suggests that ...
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How to deal with superfluous numbers in input text fields?

I'm working on input textfields for lab assistants, e.g. a textfield to enter a temperature value (in a custom designed UI, not a web-site). Users don't have to enter the Celsius or Fahrenheit unit, ...
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How to indicate a meta-option in a select list?

I have a list of options from which the user might select one option. This list might be long. An example would be to select a screen saver. You could select a screen saver or you could select to ...
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Is it bad practice to reset a user's focus to the first input item?

When a user tabs to the last input element in the form, is it bad practice to bring the user back to the first tabindex / input item?
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Enabling spell check in the UI

We are building an application which will contain spell checking features for areas where users will enter input. We have already implemented the feature for our rich text editors, whereby spell ...
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Displaying Area of Residence intelligently

For Social Website where the user should specify his or her Area of Residence. I want to use the same method Facebook does; a text input field with a dynamic drop-down menu as you type. I am using ...
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How to design a form that mostly is read-only, but sometimes editable?

Often in database-centric application I need to design a view for records e.g. something like: Name: __________ Phone Nr: _________ Website: ______ Email: __________@________ Location: ____________ ...
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Input controls within the bounds of a tappable tile

I have tappable tiles that navigate off to a different page in an app. Within the bounds of these tiles I have input controls. Interacting with these input controls should have no effect on the ...
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Should I display Edit/Delete Buttons when only one field is editable?

I know there's a lot of questions out there asking where to place the edit/delete buttons in a row. My question is if there is only one field of data that is editable in a row, does it make sense to ...
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Should I use multiple input fields or not?

Currently I am working on a search engine for restaurants, where you can search by food, restaurant, location, time or a combination of any two, three or all of those parameters. The dilema I am in ...
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Visually showing that a textbox contains text longer than its width?

I am evaluating ideas for displaying that there is hidden overflow text in a fixed-size single-line input box. I this data entry application, we need to keep a particular textbox's width as narrow as ...
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Contextual error message

I am designing a new feature for a CMS my company uses. A few things you should know: We have content editors working mainly on adding pages to the system. We have thousands of pages, and no one ...
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How should I implement Language selection in a CMS?

One of my client must be able to post News to both french and english language on his website. I would like to know how I should design the CMS to be the most convenient for the admin as possible. ...
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Signal that a field has become required after other user interaction

The user is presented with a form. One of the form selections is a check box. If the user checks the check box, one of the fields is now required. What is the best way to signal to the user that ...
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Text field to hold the value of a slider

I have a HTML form where the user needs to select two numbers. I decided to do this with the help of sliders (mainly because the input is used to compute a third value and I want to avoid that the ...
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Improving the “request seat” page for taxi sharing application

A taxi sharing application that I'm working on as part of a university project has a "request seat" option. I've spent the afternoon working on the interface (arguably the most important UI element of ...
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How to simplify the UI to prompt user for tiers of information?

I'm building a website to track user comments on news around environmental issues. I went over all the use cases for the majority of my demographic, and decided I needed to collect some information ...
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Dimensional Field Input

I have a HTML form that requires the user to specify dimensions for an item they are ordering. A list must show for standard or popular dimensions. Originally this would happen when the field is ...
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Name and Company - One field or Two?

I am laying out a form on a website with the typical name & address fields. While I've done this a number of times, I have began to try and trim fields from my forms that will be on smaller ...
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Should department filter be located to the left or the right of the search text input in e-commerce sites?

I'm working on a new shopping site and i see a possible minor improvement. We have a typical search form on top left, with dropdown for categories and input field. I think maybe it's better if we ...
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Where and when to show currency symbols for TextFields containing currency?

How should I design a form that is easy to use and understand that has a few textfields for currency? Should the currency symbol be put outside or in the textfield? One variant is to show the ...
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How does the visual size of a text input field affect users' expectation of how much they should write?

It's well-known that you should size your input fields to the amount of text you want the user to write. There's an example of that on this very page: even though the "Your answer" field can stretch ...
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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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how can I get users to add fields into a list where many fields are optional?

I need to design a page to get user inputs in below format: 1. Item A (text) a. Sub-item (text) b. Upload photo for Sub-item (Browse and upload) c. Description for Sub-item (text) 2. Item B ...
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Required field validation error message – Next to field vs. in a Popup

In our application, we mark all the required fields with an asterisk and when user tries to perform an action without providing values for all the required fields, we display an error message next to ...
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When appending items to a list, should the input fields be above or below the list?

We are building an application that allows a user to build a form. The user can enter the name of the label, pick the type of the input field and indicate whether or not it should be mandatory. The ...
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dynamic form design

I have a multistep form setup in my rails app.. In one of my steps the user can enter a friends name, birthday, gender, and the persons interests. They can enter as many friends as they like (each ...
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Should a form's style be left to the browser?

Instead of using CSS resets, I use Normalize.css, and I usually style an HTML form's containing elements such as input, label, textarea, etc. to the fullest extent. To make sure that the form's design ...
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Required fields

What are the rules around indicating required fields in a flow that has some pages that have all required fields and some that are mixed? Is it better to denote optional fields in this case?
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Is it acceptable to have an editable field visible on hover?

I have a chart that is mostly used for viewing, but can be edited. It is a bar chart of percentages (beneath the bars) that can be edited. Unfortunately, if I display the fields the table becomes more ...
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Why do you have to enter your e-mail when commenting a blog post?

Why do you (usually) need to enter your e-mail adress when commenting a blog post? I guess it's for some kind of spam-protection but if the system doesn't need it - is it ok to skip that input field ...
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Integer input field: special case for unbounded / unlimited

I am developing a form where the user needs to enter the maximum number of allowed things. Zero is a legitimate value meaning that none are allowed. I need to find a special value to indicate that ...
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Showing/Hiding vs.Enable/Disabling form fields

I would like to know the benefits and drawback relative to form design of "dependent fields". For example, in my form I have a Marital Status field, and depending on it's value, I need to know the ...
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Order of fields in contact forms

I'm looking for evidence to support changing order of fields in various contact forms. The first is a general form with: Enquiry details - textarea Where did you hear about us? - textarea ...
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Best way to input a list of emails

Whats the best-practice way to input a column of emails that associate with different people- a la: My worry is that all the blue buttons and call to actions look cluttered and feels overwhelming ...