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It can either be a matter of the context or simply a choice of visual style. If the form is displayed in the same context as other elements on the view (promotion message, login form, etc.) it can be a good idea to frame it in order to visually map it as a unity to the user and yield closure of completion. This is the case for eg. the Twitter sign up view: ...


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Visually the box provides a grouping of the elements - Grouping the form fields, making them distinct from the rest of the content. Working on the gestalt principle of closure. That box is usually the fieldset element of the HTML. It's not clear from your example, but fieldsets usually go around related elements, so you could have multiple in a form. The ...


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Unlike the other responders, I don't find it nauseating at all, and have been annoyed by situations with gray ambiguity in the past and resorted to creating a new layer solid contrast color by hand.  I certainly wouldn't make it the only option, but if it's readily toggleable it could be useful to a good many users. The speed is a bit fast, and I can see ...


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I don't know how useable the animation would be, it might make it tricky to spot probelms as it's always moving, I would just offer a few background options, Checked, Black, White and maybe a bright green/pink.


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This is a question that can possibly related to Gestalt grouping. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principles_of_grouping The box simply is a way, visually, to tie elements together. There are multiple ways of grouping elements but I think the most common we see is proximity and using elements to create visual containers. The same principles aren't just for ...



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