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Just make them clear. Like "Please enter a phone number" for a missing required. Or "Please enter a valid phone number. The phone number you have entered is too short." Tell the user exactly what is required. It is also best to validate before submission with JavaScript and give them instant feedback. Show the error message right near the input field, and ...


This is known as "microcopy" in the UX world. A couple of good resources include http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/06/17/five-ways-prevent-bad-microcopy/ Nielsen-Norman group has a number of articles and training conferences on writing for the web: http://www.nngroup.com/topic/writing-web/ One of the big problems with form fields and validation, ...

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