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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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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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Boxes help to group UI elements. When displayed on a page with many distractions from other elements it can be hard to see what element goes with what element. It can result in people not filling out the entire form. A box can also help to make the user feel more secure when filling in the form. It's proven that when having to enter sensitive data like your ...


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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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