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Matt Smith on Dribbble has a really elegant solution he calls "Float Label Form Interaction". Here is the source page with a live demo: https://dribbble.com/shots/1254439--GIF-Float-Label-Form-Interaction


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In terms of usability, placeholders in form fields are NOT very usable. But there are always some exceptions. Something is better than nothing: To me, placeholders in form fields are better than a form field without any hint. Situation and form-field dependency: Placeholders in password fields may require users to remember some structure (Memory resource), ...


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If the user's role is selected by an administrator, perhaps it would be prudent to allow them to select what they feel they should be. At the same time, you could alert them that their selection may be updated by an administrator. Otherwise, it would seem that not showing that field would be prudent. a) users are not required to select one -their selection ...


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You want an answer from the user but would select a default. That is absurd. Most users get through a form as quickly as possible. Often they will skip a field with a value just to get through the form or they may have been distracted and when they come back to the form they just assume any field with a value they completed. It proves the value came ...


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I don't think it's a big 'no no' to have nothing displayed as a default value, however consistency is probably the key here. Either the same principle should be applied everywhere. However, I would say that I feel as though an empty value is an opportunity wasted to provide more information to the user, perhaps a description of some sort? I like your ...


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You mention that other fields are validated but not the region field, that your primary motivation is for mailing addresses. If this helps you at all, only one of those countries you mention in your list of examples (USA) uses the region name in the mailing address. I took an entirely unscientific examination of a random set of industrialised or ...


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/*Haven't looked at it extensively, but the "[Google Geocoding API][1]" looks like they've already built that functionality for you. You can get "administrative area" at 5 different levels of precision, based on the country. If a user sets the country first you should be able to dynamically determine and display what the appropriate "region" is called. No ...


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This poses an interesting question. Most websites have a local reach but assuming a global company with a global reach then it is a real issue but one that can be mitigated. The language selection of the user's browser would help narrow things down a lot. If your company is truly global then it probably has multiple languages (which will help narrow the ...



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