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

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Form with scores and question weights

I have been tasked of designing a form which has X amount of set questions the customer can pick in a back end software. Each question has a point against it (which can be defined) and to complete the ...
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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 (WPF) that has many textboxes contained in a dialog that need to be ...
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I'm seeing a new instant email-validation tool on registration forms — is it new? And what is it? [closed]

I've started to see something in the last few months that I don't remember having seen before and want to know just what it is and how it works. When I'm required to register for some BS site (but ...
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Soft “required” form field?

Has anyone ever seen or heard of this approach to a signup page? So the idea is the "Phone number" is not required, however when trying to submit the empty field you would get this message/option ...
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Amber outlined required field

As part of a system I'm currently working on users will need to fill out some large (40+ fields) forms, they will not always fill out all fields but are required to fill out a handful of core fields ...
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A method to display error validation in forms with severe space constraints

I am familiar with common form error validation techniques. However I would like to find a nice way to handle error messages in an interface with little room to spare. I'd like to show: Flag the ...
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When registering should the passwords match/don't match still be shown if the initial password isn't strong enough

In a registration page the user is asked to enter a password. There are some (simple) rules for the password, so if the user enters "123" the text "password is too simple" will appear beside the input ...
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Asking for Password After Email Validation?

I do not want to discuss the pros and cons of email validation, but want to know if there are potential downsides (security and otherwise) to user entering his password only after he has already ...
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Handling lack of support for HTML5 [closed]

I've made a client-side JS script that runs when the Register button is clicked for the current version of a site, but want to implement real-time validation on the client. How do I handle some ...
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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 ...
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Forcing user to enter correct data

Consider the following scenario for a form with two fields "Full name" and "email". When user starts editing the "Full name" field I will not allow user to start editing "email" field until "Full ...
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Restrict input to numbers only

I wonder if this is a good idea to restrict input to numbers only (and related symbols like +-.e and so on) when you need user to input number? Seems like it's clear solution, but may be user will be ...
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what is the best way to show required fields for different actions on the same page?

I have a page to create orders on which the users can take any one of two actions - send to design and send for invoicing. Different groups of users take these actions in different order. The fields ...
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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?
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iOS multi-step form and user input validation

I need to design a form that may consist of 3 or 4 steps, all of them requesting both mandatory and optional data. The overall form contains a lot of data inputs, so I thought it would be better to ...
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When should I prompt the user for duplicates entries?

We found a peculiar problem in our users when they enter their data. They tend to enter similar entries sometimes. I'll cite an example here. If there is a customer with the name ABC Electric ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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show password user experience

I have an email and password field on the sign up form. A password rule text and a show password checkbox appear below the password field. The rules for showing the div containing password hint text ...
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Are there instances when Captcha / Human validation is more necessary during registration?

I am not particularly asking about whether or not Captcha within itself is good UX, but a more generalized question as to when human validation truly makes a difference in terms of a website's ...
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Using toast for form success and error input

is it natural to use toast notification for a success and error on form validation? I know android and google mail uses this on their application, but I cannot verify why this is the best solution ...
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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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What are the best options to show huge number of errors on multiple paginated list

We have a business application where users edit participants' payroll information across multiple income sources in a single list. A list would have - around 200 participants - each participant ...
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Guiding the user through your page

We have a simple administrative page for managing stores open and close dates. Upon initial rendering, the page is readonly. Checking a box labeled edit in the top right of the page, enables the ...
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Systematic validation of UX guidelines [closed]

You all probably know these kind of (ux) guidelines as listed in the post of Justin Misfud here: http://usabilitygeek.com/official-usability-user-experience-user-interface-guidelines-from-companies/ ...
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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 ...
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A shorter but meaningful validation message for “This email is already subscribed”

What are the shorter, meaningful message for "This email is already subscribed"/ "This email is already register" What is good ? "This email is used" "This email is existed" "This ...
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Form validation and disabled buttons [duplicate]

Allowing a user to submit and find errors is likely optimal compared to the cognitive load of searching a form to see why the button's disabled. However, this could be avoided by providing real-time ...
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“We emailed instructions to bork@bork.bork”

I tried to login at a big-brand site with email and password and got the answer "Wrong email or password". I tried to reset my password by entering the same email address. Please check your email ...
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Adding Attachments in a workflow

Part of the application I'm working on lets users add attachments. The selected file(s) must be less than 1 megabyte, and a JPG or PDF. If either of these is not the case, the file is rejected. I've ...
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Multiple Page Forms: Validate on every page or only on the last page?

We have a form that spans 3 pages (has steps 1 to 3). Currently, we allow them to skip required data because they may want to do Step 2 first before they feel like filling out Step 1 form. Our forms ...
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Validation / Dirty Flag: should we force users to fix invalid entries before they move to another screen in the software?

Scenario: User makes a series of entries in text fields on a page that requires apply/cancel buttons. Invalid entries are flagged with an error icon and hover-over tooltips that explain the ...
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Phone number Entry question

We are using 4 fields for phone number entry. We are supposed to support international phone numbers. Country_code1, Area_code1, Main_Phone, Extension1 We default and hide the country code field ...
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Persona has to be a person? Difference between Brand ambassador, mascot and persona? Validating persona

Actually, these are three inter related sub questions. Q1. Does Persona have to be a person because ultimately whatever we will create (product/service) that will be used by human being only, and ...
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Keyboard shortcut for validating a field

I'm designing a web application where the user have to go through a lots of already fillec text fields (~50 a page, could be lots of pages) and must correct some of them and mark the other as "OK". ...
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Tree View Alternative for Form Input on Website

Currently I have a data structure in the form of a tree view. Eg. Right now I am using a collapsible accordion view to show each field to input data. Scenario - I have about up to about 1000 ...
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When should an input's validation message show on a form that has already been submitted?

So let's say that we have a form. This form has multiple inputs, many of which are required fields. Understandably, we should not turn a required input red and show a validation message before the ...
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Validation message when only one thing can go wrong

We have a very simple form overlay for adding items (let's say cars) to a list. There can only be one error, which is to enter a duplicate car name. We've had a rather split opinion on the team as ...
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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 ...
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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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Is it better to save changes onblur of an edited field or to provide the user with save and discard changes buttons?

In my application, I am providing a ticket form that the users can go back and edit. I had designed it so that they can change one to many fields without real-time saving by providing a save and ...
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Is use of disabled option on select a good approach for showing existing invalid value?

Sample scenario to illustrate the type of problem I'm trying to solve: Online store has orders and in the order it refers to a product. Users can edit existing unsubmitted orders and one of the ...
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Is it ever useful to show the Password Requirements on page load?

I have a hypothesis that I have no idea how to test other than lots of observational testing, but perhaps someone has covered this already. On signing up to a new service and being presented with the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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152 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 ...
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How should one phrase validation error messages?

What is the best phrase to use considering that these are short error messages that is positioned right beside the labels / input they are referring to. For example, there's a missing email address, ...
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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 ...