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

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What is the best way to indicate that text in a text input field is editable?

Imagine an app like yelp. In this case, you select the amount of stars that you want to rate something. When you do, a pre-generated text is displayed in the text input field. You can either keep this ...
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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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About the creation and management of items

I need some guidance regarding the following design issue. In my application I need to create, maintain, delete and manage so called "Roles", they are just basically a name and a description pairs. I ...
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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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Form prompts inside form fields always wrong?

I've noticed in the edit-profile form on UX Stack Exchange a weird prompt with an important message - the date format. Personally I would consider it terribly wrong (force to memorize data format, ...
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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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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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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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What is the best approach to disallow an empty search?

I want to disallow users from searching without a query string (at least one character). To achieve this, I tried to disable the search submit button when the search box is empty, and restoring the ...
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Case-study for hiding the optional fields?

I am currently designing a web form for the Online Travel Insurance System and I am thinking of hiding the optional fields since there were so many of them. Like the image below. I put a Show More ...
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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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Automatically limiting or correcting numeric input field values

The application interface I am working on has an slider to select a number, but offers a text input field next to it. This allows reading the currently selected value, but also supports keyboard ...
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When the username is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?

When the username for a service is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?
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Side by Side, Stacked, or something else?

I am creating a property manager module for our CMS, one of the forms is very basic, but I am having trouble getting what should be the most appropriate layout for the form. Below is a screenshot of ...
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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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How to convey a true/false value to a user?

I'm developing an application where users will be allowed to create custom fields that are part of a record, in addition to the fields that are provided by default. Users will be able to choose names ...
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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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How should you represent a short Unordered list

I have a list of exactly 2 steps a user can follow either the first or the second can be completed first, both have to be completed for the next action to occur. I have large circular icons which ...
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Input Field Widths

I just created my account on ux.stackexchange.com. I'm a developer and don't have much experience in UX best practices. So I intend to start coming to this site regularly. My question is really ...
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Inputting percentages - in decimal or whole number form?

I've come across a situation in a form where one group of people is expecting an input field for a percentage value to be whole numbers, whereas the other expects decimal values. Either way when the ...
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Remove or keep Clear control in mandatory input-field? (iPhone)

I've had a little discussion with one of my co-workers regarding how to handle the Clear all -button in a mandatory input-field on the iPhone. The field holds the account email address and is present ...
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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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What solutions are there for a date picker on a responsive website? [closed]

We're working on a website that is responsive. So my question is: What about datepickers. If we choose normal datepickers Jquery Mobile date pickers don't look good on the full blow template. And ...
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Disappearing input field placeholder aesthetics for web apps

Background Users may provide various categorized input entries (e.g., danger, warning, avoid, and relax), such as those in the following image (e.g., "Relax #1", "Avoid #1", etc.): Problem When ...
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Checkbox vs. menu

I am building a calculator where the user must choose if has has a hybrid car or not. I was wondering which is better a checkbox - where you check if you have one. or a menu with yes/no ...
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What is the most user-friendly software license installation process?

I have Windows desktop software that requires the installation of a small binary license file (1KB) that controls access to DLLs that are installed with the software package. The GUI part of the ...
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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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Coming soon pages - best practices?

I think the design of these pages vary greatly, and there is no set standard on what's usually on these pages. However, one thing that has been common with these pages in the past is that people tend ...
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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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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in ...
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How to structure complex forms for business documents?

In our enterprise management software we use forms to record document like customers, invoices, sales order, tasks, products, etc. We wanted forms to look like their hard paper version. Below is an ...
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Editing an array of numbers which length is variable

For the needs of a line drawing program, I need to edit an array of integers. The only constraint on the array is its length, which has to be even, and greater or equal to two. The solution I have for ...
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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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Auto Advance to Next Field

When is it appropriate to 'auto advance' from one text field to the next, as in phone numbers and SSN?
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Combining all the address fields into one?

Both customers and companies want a quick and easy checkout experience. From what I've seen, a big UX bottleneck at checkout is the billing and/or shipping address(es) because there are so many input ...
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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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How to request that two out of three fields need to be populated in a mobile search app

I am developing a new iOS app and I need to let the user commit a search where three fields are shown. a group name (development, marketing etc.) member name project name the search should be ...
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Removing placeholder text on focus

Chrome and Safari remove placeholder text after pressing first key in the text input. Firefox and Opera remove placeholder text immediately after focusing the text input. Which approach is better ...
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Should URL input fields automatically prepend http:// if the user leaves it off?

If I ask a user for a URL, and they type in something like 'www.google.com', should I assume they meant http://www.google.com?
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What control would best allow the adjustment of signal/noise ratio?

I am developing a web app where a prominent feature is the ability to adjust the signal/noise ratio of the app's content on the fly. The value needs to be represented along a spectrum which includes ...
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How to enter separate amounts then give feedback if the total meets a given amount?

case: During an ordering process, the user should be able to divide a given amount of money into a '1 to infinite' number of pots. So the sum of everything should be exactly the same when the step is ...
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Many-to-Many associations - Edit in place or on new screen?

I am trying to design an interface to do two things: Create Items and Objects Create links between Items and Objects (in a many-to-many association) An Item is a simple attribute that must be ...
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Date range picker in mobile app

In my current project, I'd like to filter a list by a date range. I'm not sure how I should design the interface in such a way that it's as easy as possible to select a range. My first idea was to ...
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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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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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Is it acceptable to make a text field look like a write in line?

My designer would like to implement a text field that drops down on hover against a white background, and only have a bottom border to define the field. Also, the designer would like to see a flashing ...
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Incorporating a range-slider in a form: jQuery UI or degrade to <select>?

When incorporating an <input type="range"> slider into a form (ie, Best form element to indicate level of completeness of a task?), Firefox degrades not-so-gracefully to a text box. Since we ...
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Min. opt. and max. value of a small field

I've a three digit input field which has a predefined upper and a lower bound, all within a table. The field also has an optimal (requested) value. So there is a min. an opt. and a max. What is a ...
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Best way to add an amount multiplier

I'm working on a financial web-application, and in some pages, the user has to fill an amount. We are dealing here with large amounts, and they are generally thousands or millions of $ / €. In ...
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Allowing user to input a constrained value

I need to allow users to enter a number between X (minimum number) and Y (maximum number). X and Y will have different values depending on the specific client set-up of the tool. These values could be ...