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

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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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Where should the GUI light source come from?

I know that historically the light source on GUIs is in the upper left, casting a shadow on the bottom-right of buttons and the upper left of fields. Now, I see some places (like Apple) use a top ...
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What should the character limit(s) for first/last name inputs be? [closed]

We want to create input fields for a user's first and last names. What should the minimum and maximum limits be, if any, and why?
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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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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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A required field that isn't really required?

...the email field in my clients data entry system is required but users of the system are allowed to enter na@na.com if the customer refuses or doesn't have an email address. Is this best practice? ...
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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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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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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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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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Should input fields be cleared out when the user selects them?

I have a few input fields in my form with some default values (numbers). Please note, they are not just placeholders, i.e. they can be used as is, if they are not changed. I was wondering if I should ...
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What's the official name of concept of input boxes with tags?

I'm looking for an implementation and the (official) name of this kind of control where it's a inputbox where we can add multiple tags into it. By example, it is used in JIRA like this capture (and ...
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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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Is it good practice to only accept numeric keystrokes in number-only fields?

I have a form that only takes in numbers as it represents a dollar amount. Currently, the form only accepts numerical keystrokes. Is this good practise?
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For required fields, should we add the red asterisk before or after the field label?

Should we add red asterisk before or after the label of required fields, i.e., to the left or the right of the field name? My boss prefers to add the asterisk before the labels, but I like to add them ...
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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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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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Time (duration) entry in webapp - pros/cons of various designs

In designing a way to enter time durations in a website, there are various proposals below. What are the pros/cons from a UX standpoint for both mouse & touch uses. Yellow boxes show input ...
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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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Why do so many forms use input masks in for input fields?

To be honest, I find input masks annoying. Different masks on different sites sometimes work differently, such that their behavior unpredictable and it actually makes me take more time to type out ...
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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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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.