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

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Separate console input field?

When creating a console like window, what are the advantages of: having user input in the same control as the output having separate controls for input and output windows? As I see it having ...
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An alternative to Indeterminate checkboxes?

How best to display incomplete or indeterminate state? Microsoft UI pattern has an display icon for this - a dark box within the checkbox instead of a check. ...
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What is the best placement of character counter relative to the text field?

I want to show a character count beside a multi-line text field. Looking for any research or usability test findings regarding the location of that character count relative to the field (pic shows ...
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Web-Based SQL Query Builder

I've built a simple web-based query builder using a series of dropdown lists such that the only typed input is the final value field. In the example above simply adding the filters consecutively ...
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Enter and Arrow Down to Navigate between Form Fields?

I showed someone a demo of my line of business (add customer, add invoice etc) type app last night, and they provided me some feedback. Their biggest point of concern was how to navigate to the next ...
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How is the HTML5 date input type presented on different Mobile browsers?

I am building a form for Mobile Web that requires users to enter in their DOB. I'm interested in how it is presented across different mobile OSes and browsers as I understand support is patchy. Is ...
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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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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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How to increase visibility of required fields without interfering with error visibility

Context This is a heavily used internal application. Users are on the phone with clients during interaction with the UI. There is a small set of required fields indicated by an asterisk. Since the ...
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Auto focusing erroneous form input fields

I'm auto focusing the first input field of my Sign up and Log in form before the page is displayed, but I'm not sure what to do as far as auto focusing erroneous fields after validation. I have a ...
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Ideas for folder / file selector input

It works similarly to the file HTML input, but browses files or folders stored on the server, and it's mainly used to browse image gallery folders. I need some ideas on how to design the UI for it, ...
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Layout of information on registration page

I am making the registration page for a website. How should the different components be laid out relative to each other? For example should the heading be on level or above the text input field? ...
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what is the ideal order of fields to have in a contact form?

I'm working on a contact form and was wondering on the order of fields. if I should start with the subject first and then name, email and message field or name, email subject and message field.
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Enter your email below and we will contact you

My client wants a page in which the following text appears: "Enter your email below and We will contact you" It's then followed by a textfield (to write the email address) and a button to submit ...
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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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Input fields with different sizes

In most design experience guides there is a recommendation to make all input fields the same size. However, I have a big field, and then smaller ones, like title, start date, and end date, where date ...
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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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What is a good user interface to allow people to enter in column headings?

I have a website where you can enter in some inputs and a report comes out. You can then save any report and load it up in the future with all your settings. I have one example where you can create ...
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Should quantity textboxes that have a default value of zero - show a “0” or be blank?

My quantity textboxes have default values of 0, it's up to the user to change these quantities if they wish, it is not mandatory i.e. they can leave them at 0 if they wish. Should the default view ...
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How to lay out content when the workflow for creating and consuming them is different?

I'm doing a site that makes people write "cards" quickly. Each card contains of a title and a body. However, the designed workflow is that the user: Writes the body, listing out the detailed events ...
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Multiple forms of the same type in one single screen

I have to re-design (migrate) a Silverlight form into html. The current form looks like this, Old Design The form has a list of Product Types on the scrolling bar in the left. I can select as ...
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Selecting a unit of measurement

I need to allow the user to select a unit when entering a certain amount for a certain ingredient. Certainly :-) I want this to be rather dynamic. My web-app has many facets and I want to use the same ...
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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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How to tell a user that they are looking at an example? “for example”, “sample”, “i.e.”, “eg”

I'm looking for a universal way of showing a user that the text they are looking at is an example of a valid input. I'd like it to be as concise as possible and universally understood (i.e. 'For ...
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Limitations on name changes

Should I allow people to freely change their name in my file hosting application? I don't think anyone should be able to change their name freely and as frequently as they want without any type of ...
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Allowing user to input a range value where end points have special meaning

I need to allow the user to input a setting that controls the showing of a GUI feature after performing a number of steps. The setting would control the number of steps in the application that should ...
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Mobile money input, easiest method

For a monetary input, I would have liked to use the input[type=tel], but sadly the decimal/period character is missing from most telephone keyboards on mobile devices. This is a payment amount that a ...
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Mobile: Text Field Hint best practices

On our desktop website we have a registration form. The registration for when entered provides the user with a field hint with further information on the field and any special requirements (password ...
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What should happen to dynamic height input element?

I am using Chosen multi-select inputs on a site I'm currently designing and building. I am using them on a form of 6 inputs which filters a list of results. The issue is its quite a set layout... ...
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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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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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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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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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Should form inputs expand to full width on smaller viewports?

When a viewport approaches smaller sizes, my first thought is to linearize and grow each form input, giving each input a full-width. This removes the UI hinting of the larger viewport, but arguably ...
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Are there any references for 10-key data entry (enter vs. tab) to move to the next form field?

A client has requested a data entry form in which the users enter data with a 10-key number pad. When we developed the screen we used the tab button to transition from field to field as is common in ...
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Always visible list for quick textual insertion

I have a page with multiple groups of text fields in various (in-page) tabs which the user has to fill out. One of those groups is a list of chemical reactions. The species inside those reactions need ...
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Best practice for month / year input

Is it best practice to have text fields or dropdown + textfield combination form month year? Does it changed if the month is listed as 01 vs January? (The ^ indicates dropdown) Note: Users use the ...
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Form fields tooltips vs. plain help text. What works best?

In your experience, what's the best (user experience) method for giving users more information on certain fields that they have to fill out? Note that these fields are part of the set-up process of a ...
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Selection-dependent Inputs

How would you deal with selected-dependent inputs? for example, for geolocation, when the user needs to provide information about location, he needs to select first the country, then the area ...
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Submit button on the inside of the field - Good or Bad?

I was Browsing GoDaddy's website and saw they use their buttons inside their input fields, see for yourself: "Go" buttons, inside of input's frame Live example: http://www.godaddy.com/ Is ...
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How can a form with tokenInput include qualifiers?

I have a form for modifying songs in which you can add/remove links to artists with a special text field having tokenInput capability for auto-completion. This field looks like this: Of course, the ...
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Enhancing web addresses as displayed in a browser location input

Web addresses (URL, URI, IRI …) are composed of hierarchical data of several kinds. They are mostly treated as plain text, but browsers have started to highlight certain parts (the domains) and hide ...
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short vs long message - input placeholder

I'm working on a profile update form, it got me wondering - what's the pros&cons of displaying a short placeholder vs a long placeholder? First candidate: Current Password Second candidate: ...
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Making typing API keys easier for mobile users

I have a mobile application which uses data from a REST API, and needs an API key for that particular user to access what it needs. The problem is that the API keys are anything but short. ...
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One to Many input fields

Similar to (One to many) to many form?, but less complex I hope I'm attempting to present a form in which a user can define a number of spectra, each of which includes a species string and a number ...
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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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Mandatory field without default value

While designing a GUI, on the form where I am administering the users, when I add a user I want to be able to select the role among 3 choices and I want the administrator to make a choice. So I ...
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Is there a recommended height for text fields on high density mobile screens (retina, etc)?

I can't seem to find any information about whether text field sizes should be at least a certain height on a high density mobile view like retina or high density android devices. I try to make my text ...
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Form Label - disabled or enabled?

What is the best practice when it comes to a form having disabled fields? Should we show the associated labels disabled as well? 1) If labels are also disabled then it'll give a stronger clue to the ...
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Forms: pattern to create/convey dependencies between fields?

I'm designing a feature where the user can create forms which then other will be able to fill out ( and either pass or fail). The user will be able to write questions and set which answers (yes or no) ...