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

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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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Ship Date and Delivery Date Picking with Blackout Days?

Lets say that a user is entering a ship date and a delivery date for a customer order. The customer wants it delivered on a particular day. The customer has blackout days such as weekends and ...
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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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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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friendly format for Phone Numbers

Currently on my website users are required to input their phone number in a very specific format (555-555-5555). If you forget the dashes it breaks. Does anyone have a good suggestions for how to be ...
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DOB Validation: Minimum & Maximum YOB

I am working on an app which asks for DOB of users during signup process. The app can be used by users of all ages. Having said that, I think there must be some validation in place. In my opinion kids ...
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Decision tree / flow diagram for mobile email / password confirmation

This UI design pattern keeps coming up and I'm wondering whether there are any best practices out there that can improve the quality of my solution. The pattern is: type your email (or password), ...
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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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Mobile first shopping cart on-change input validation delay and notification for targeted demographic

Specification - Application type:mobile first,web based shopping app,angularjs MVW - Target demographic: 25-60 year old m/f - Targeted market: low cost,android Samsung,Other - Input policy: Don't ...
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Data validation warnings while filling fields

An application that I'm working on allows users to submit object data in a blank row at the end of a table. The problem with this is that some fields are cross-dependent. For example, an end date ...
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Is a confirm email address field still considered a best practice?

Having an input field to confirm an email address is pretty standard. However, I would like to know if using a confirm email address field still considered a best practice. The Email and Confirm ...
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How do I manage form validation for either/or fields

I have a form in which there the user is required to enter either a postal code OR select a city in order to do a search. If they fail to enter either and submit the form, currently the form ...
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Automatically limiting or correcting numeric input field values

The application interface I am working on has a slider to select a number, but offers a text input field next to it. This allows you to read the currently selected value, but also supports keyboard ...
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Should commas be placed between characters when listing valid values for an input field

We have an input field, into which the user must type a value but only certain characters are allowed. The allowed characters are: A-Z (any case) the numbers 0-9 the $ character the minus character ...
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How to position page-level error message?

User fills out this page and hits Save. The page has multiple errors, some on Tab one, others on Tab two. What's the best way to present a page-level error message explaining that user should ...
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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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How to indicate an overridden value

I am working on a web application where an item will have a series of default values associated to it. On the form itself a number of these items can be composed into a collection (think basket on ...
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Form validation ? When to trigger error validation?

Today in any form, we can have real-time validation like in example below download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The question is: When should I trigger the ...
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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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Make user aware that he cannot enter arbitrary values into textbox?

In my current web project I have a textbox where the user can enter a bid for an auction. However, to prevent bidding of arbitrary sums, only certain values that match predetermined intervals are ...
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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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Form validation - When should error messages be triggered?

I'm working on a registration form with real-time inline validation. I'm wondering when we should trigger error messages: before, when the field is in focus and until the user has entered a valid ...
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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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Html form validation leads to an inconsistant user experience

There are a lot of cool client side validation options in HTML, and even more now in HTML5. While these don't change the amount of server side validation required, they give an instantaneous ...
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What is best practice for designing form error messages?

I've seen quite a lot of research on form design, but so far, I haven't come across any studies on error message design best practices. The only piece of advice seems to be that each error should ...
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Should form 'Continue' button be disabled if validation is incomplete?

In forms we often see the 'continue' button inactive until all the required fields are complete: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Is this actually a help ...
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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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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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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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Is required validation possible on a switch/toggle control?

Scenario I want to make sure a user has made a selection on a switch input. On page load it is either on (1 - in image) or off (2 - in image) depending on what state it is set to in the code. ...
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Should date validation allow “091011”?

Should I allow users to input the MMDDYY or MMDDYYYY format for a date? That is, should any date validation logic not trigger a validation error if the user just wants to put in the numbers without ...
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How to design form that requires users to validate email or phone number?

I'm trying to improve this form to make it a little more user friendly. The main area I'm trying to improve is the validation process. Right now, the form gets filled out on index page /, and the ...
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Overridable validations - displaying and handling overrides

We have a need to display validations - could be field validations or rule validations. Some of these validations can be overridden (i.e. the user can indicate that the particular field validation ...
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Asking a user their Drivers License Number on a sign up form

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I already know this is terrible UX for the user but I wanted to get your feedback as I cannot find any examples or data to ...
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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 ...
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Multi-page form with lots of fields - displaying validation messages

We have a multipage web application (a flow with lots of forms). The forms have lot of fields. Our client wants us to validate the fields on "Next" but allow the user to continue. This introduces a ...
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What is the best way to handle a form with a Start Date and End Date?

What is the best way to handle a form with a Start Date and End Date? When selecting a Start Date greater than an End Date, which of the following is the best approach: Highlight the Start Date as ...
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How 'similar' should names be to qualify as possible duplicates?

This is with reference to this question about possible duplicates. The question now arises is, how similar should these names be to mark them as possible duplicates? For example, Rajan Electricals ...
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How to tackle a form with 50+ fields?

(I'm not 100% sure this is the place I should be posting this but I do need help on the UI part of the problem) We have an ASP.Net MVC5 application. It has one page for profile information and that ...
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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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Best way to display contextual user entry errors in a tabbed html form

I have a web application that has a very large form. That form is split into several tabbed areas, which divide the entry of the data in to logical blocks. I have a single submit button outside the ...
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What's better UX in a payment rejection screen: provide just 2 main calls-to-action OR show links for all possible actions as shortcuts?

The situation is this: A cashier has placed a payment. For a successful transaction he sees the success confirmation and the corresponding invoice, BUT for a rejected transaction, he sees an error ...
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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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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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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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Is it bad practice to scroll to a form validation error message on a mobile device?

On phones you can't always see required field error messages. So if you tap the submit button it will look like it's just sitting there because the error message is off screen. What is the best way to ...
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Why are assumptions in Lean UX written in the form of “we believe … to be true” and not in the form of “we do not know if …”?

A characteristic of Lean UX is writing down assumptions, which are then used as the basis for design. But should I not rather write down the things I don`t know, and which I want to learn from users?
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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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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 ...
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How to show validation messages on a modal/dialog form

We have a dialog as HTML/CSS based desktop window (Sciter based UI if that matters ) and there is a requirement to provide validation messages on it: Questions that we have: Is it in principle ...