Tagged Questions

when and how best to give feedback to users about invalid entries in data they have provided.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
51 views

Notifying users of incomplete data in hidden fields when moving orders from draft to submitted

Our website allows for submitting orders that are incomplete (drafts). Note that this is different from having invalid formatted data or what have you. When the user is ready to actually submit an ...
1
vote
5answers
37 views

Which user input validation approach is better: preventing or explaining? [duplicate]

Scenario: let's say we are talking about a simple form, which contains the following field types: All fields are mandatory. Number: only digits are allowed. Text: text must not exceed the maximum ...
0
votes
3answers
79 views

When should I validate that the password in a confirmation field matches the first password entered?

If a user creation page has a field where you are asked to re-enter your password, when should the page validate that the second password matches the first? I do not have control over whether or not ...
1
vote
3answers
97 views

Should ZIP/postal codes be mandatory on web-forms? [duplicate]

Given that many jurisdictions (including my own) don't use postal codes, should the ZIP/postal codes be mandatory on web-forms? Additional info: I'm a web developer building ecommerce sites, and ...
4
votes
2answers
154 views

What's better UX: Letting users completing a form with errors marked inline? Or, block the rest of the form as soon as there´s a wrong field?

I'm using inline validation (on blur) as soon as the user clicks/tabs another field. Is it good to block the rest of the fields (previous and following) when a field is validated? The case is: ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

displaying required field indicators based on action

One of my requirements is to let the users know which fields they are required to fill before they can take an action. The users can take one of three actions save, submit or approve and the required ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

How do you design UI with multiple forms within a table?

My current UI: Notable points: gray row(s) including the input fields on the left, and the Save button towards the right, are part of a single form. Del button on the right is a form entire ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

Validating Fields for Repeating Data (Enterprise Solution)

It has been educational to read solutions on here and I was wondering if you guys can help me out as well. I work for a data collection heavy enterprise solution company. I am slowly convincing my ...
0
votes
2answers
140 views

Bad error message for required field: “Please enter value”

I just watched someone struggle with a form. The form was part of a normal online shop. It had reloaded after submitting, annotating the required field for the phone number with a red text above, ...
3
votes
2answers
170 views

Best practice for desktop application input validation

I've been reading through some of the other questions tagged with validation and similar. We have a Windows desktop application that has many textboxes contained in a dialog that need to be validated, ...
0
votes
3answers
90 views

Textfield validation - persist, ignore, correct or delete?

I'm working on a desktop application that has text fields and other form elements scattered on various pages. A global save button saves all inputs from all pages. Since the textfield format/error ...
0
votes
1answer
136 views

floating versus inline alerts

I personally am a fan of floating alerts such as Toasts. I am thinking of using them for the form validation and feedback. I find the inline movement of content terrible, though it seems to be the ...
0
votes
2answers
91 views

Types of tool tips [closed]

I'm designing a checkout flow for an e commerce website and I need to come up with a set 3 kind of tool tips. while they will look similar they will have variations for the following for providing ...
8
votes
4answers
863 views

Field that doesn't allow spaces - giving correct feedback

On our mobile app's login screen we have three fields, the last of which is used to build up a URL. Since spaces isn't a good idea for the hostname part of a URL the user input must be sanitized ...
36
votes
4answers
3k views

Should I empty the wrongly filled fields or leave as user has filled after validation message?

In our mobile applications (intended for Android and iOS platforms), we have fields that should be filled by users. If the user fills the field not in required format what should I do show the ...
-2
votes
3answers
65 views

Why do websites disallow the plus sign in e-mails [closed]

This question was covered under the security site where it was determined that there is no security implications for allowing + signs in e-mail addresses, so I would like to ask from the UX point of ...
1
vote
1answer
165 views

Handling bad input in an autocomplete

Due to browser compatibility reasons and some issues with specific forms, in one of the products I'm working on we included a custom control for autocompletion of the Recipient field of an email ...
3
votes
3answers
77 views

How much information should you show the user when his input is invalid?

Assume you have a website that makes several checks on user-generated input. A few examples example from my current assignment: the Belgian version of an SSN is validated using the user date of ...
1
vote
1answer
130 views

Would it be bad to display missing fields before the user clicks submit?

Imagine a form where the user has some required fields, and after scrolling down a way hits the "submit" button. On most forms I've seen, trying to submit with missing required fields will trigger ...
2
votes
2answers
236 views

Should we allow special characters or numbers in name field?

I need a generic validation for first and last name field that will be used everywhere. Currently I'm using: /^[A-Za-z]?[A-Za-z ]*$/
0
votes
3answers
43 views

Should I support legacy input formats past the transition period in a newly designed application?

We're currently working on a new product that extends a 3rd party product. The product needs to store the bank account number of employees. The product is aimed at Belgian enterprises, and since ...
5
votes
2answers
240 views

Inline validation icon usability

I have been looking at the styling for validation of input forms of Bootstrap, and wondered if there was a specific reason for where the icons used for inline input validation is positioned. I ...
0
votes
3answers
157 views

force a user to fill out a check box so they don't skip the question

I have a form which asks: Are you, or is anyone in your household employed in the following areas? Healthcare Manufacturing Media etc. This would of course be check boxes, but my client is ...
1
vote
1answer
216 views

When can we stop assuming that a 2 digit year starts with 19

If the user inputs only 2 digits, should I assume that they mean 19XX? I have inline validation that validates a given range (eg 1900 - 2014), but if they type in 13, does it mean 2013 or 1913. Some ...
1
vote
2answers
222 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
214 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
362 views

Error message for “Invalid Username”

As per "UX guidelines" what should be the error message for a dimmpley Login for having 2 basic fields "Username" & Password. So if a User Enter a username with "Space or special ...
31
votes
12answers
3k views

How to clearly state to the User what characters are valid

I'm trying to determine the best way to inform the User that an input accepts certain special characters. Alphanumerics are simple enough, but I feel like I'm losing clarity when I get to characters ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Validating a Preferences/Configuration “app”

I have a system configuration / preferences "app" I'm designing as part of a larger browser-based application. Our overall application has "apps" (like a development app, a user management app, a ...
3
votes
4answers
257 views

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, ...
12
votes
4answers
823 views

Text Field Validation vs Prevention

I've been having a debate (mostly with myself) over the best approach to deal with invalid input in text fields -- validation versus prevention. Taking a numeric text field as an example, is it ...
5
votes
2answers
251 views

“soft” error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?

We're on a project where the concept of a 'soft' error for a web form came up. It's an interesting idea, but I can't actually think of an example of it being used in the past, so perhaps it's not a ...
7
votes
5answers
3k views

Where is the best place to show validation/error messages in a form? [duplicate]

Where is the best place to show validation/error messages in a form? Beside a field? underneath a field? Reserve an area on the top/bottom of the page, and show any error/successful message there?
1
vote
1answer
74 views

How should I formulate a validation error message for a number field?

How should I formulate a validation error message for a number field? A number is expected. A number is required. The value should be a number. Number is not valid. Invalid number. Value is not a ...
2
votes
3answers
149 views

How to present a form where all fields are optional but at least one must be filled out

I have a form like this: The user must fill in the first or third field. They can also fill out two fields or all fields. Essentially they need to provide a link or comment for the form to submit. ...
1
vote
1answer
76 views

Validations across multipage form

I have a quite complicated, multi-page form within my ruby on rails application (built with wicked gem). My model have two fields which are being validated against each other - date_of_birth and ...
1
vote
1answer
215 views

Best way to integrate validation errors and hints into web form

I'm creating a web form and have followed the best practices laid out here and on other UX sites so far. The one decision I still have to make is regarding the display of error messages and input ...
2
votes
2answers
100 views

How Should Mobile Validation be Designed?

While designing the front-end for a responsive website project I came upon an issue dealing with displaying validation on mobile. In past un-responsive practices, if an input was required a little ...
1
vote
2answers
256 views

Best placement for validation-summary in a form

I'm designing several forms for a web application. Non-validating fields are marked red, and we show the messages in a validation summary. We wonder: what would be the best placement for the ...
1
vote
3answers
127 views

Whether the security verification code in sign-up form is user-friendly? [duplicate]

Am redesigning my sign-up form, some users feel bored with filling security field. Is really the Security verification code is user-friendly?
3
votes
3answers
282 views

Validation on complex forms

I have a complex web form in CMS which consists of: few tabs; different elements on each tab; properties pane; components pane. The problem with validation is that not all UI elements are displayed at ...
1
vote
2answers
149 views

What language/wording is best to indicate the max character count on a text box has been exceeded?

Scenario After a user attempts to submit a form I am providing validation messages against any invalid fields. On one of those fields the user has gone over the max allowed character count. Example ...
22
votes
8answers
4k views

Mark or don't mark required fields if all are required?

If all fields in a form are required should they be marked somehow (eg. with an asterisk)? I see this done a lot and find it redundant? There could be a difference in big forms and small forms, but ...
0
votes
3answers
163 views

Should I validate input if I don't care?

I am developing an application where a user will store arbitrary key-value pairs. The value is of no interest to the application, as it will merely be stored and returned at a later moment. The user ...
1
vote
1answer
109 views

Multivalued form field and validation for empty values

I am designing a dynamic form with multivalued field (with the famous "Add another value" button). My question concerns the validation of this type of fields : Should blank values be blocking (the ...
-2
votes
1answer
4k views

Form validation best practice using Twitter Bootstrap when input fields close each other

I am programmer not designer nor ux designer. So, I am using Twitter Bootstrap framework for design the page with input elements on it. Basic requirement for my form is - It should fit into 1024x768 ...
4
votes
2answers
258 views

Best practices for data file upload error handling

I am currently revisiting a data upload field in our system. These files (csv, xlsx) contain thousands of rows, which can produce hundreds of errors. Currently, the way we handle this is to spit out a ...
7
votes
2answers
461 views

Validate on blur or keypress?

Is it better to give the user instant feedback that a field is invalid on keypress, or should you wait until they blur the field? The first option might annoy users if they are told their input is ...
4
votes
1answer
470 views

For non-special-character textbox, should I use inline validating message or block users from inputing invalid characters?

I have one textbox that means to allow no special characters. Now, I have to choose below approaches: Display inline validating message say something like "char * is not allowed" (A) or "Your input ...
0
votes
1answer
254 views

tooltip form field validation

I have an e-commerce site and in the payment page, where the visitor enters their address and payment details, I use a tooltip for each field. e.g. "(required) Please enter your first and last name" ...