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comment Should we avoid negative words when writing error messages?
@kslstn You're right that we should be careful deducing too much from just one study. It's nice to have some data that indicates our anecdotal evidence might be on the right track, though. :-)
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comment What is the best placement of character counter relative to the text field?
I agree with you, virtualnobi, regarding focal field and changing the styling when running out of characters. Am planning to do this in addition to the counter, but still keen to optimise counter location if at all possible.
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asked What is the best placement of character counter relative to the text field?
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asked How to solve a space/content conflict in a paper form
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comment Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?
Interesting solution. On inspection it looks like it will work (although for something so novel, I'd definitely want to do some user testing). I would suggest two tweaks. First, some people have just one name, so soften the validation to require just one character in one of the two component fields. Second, I'd put the "full name" options in alphabetical order, so they are easier to review. Also, is there actually any evidence for (full) names that are part names joined without spaces (3rd & 4th option in list)? (As an aside, this doesn't solve the Carreño Quiñones problem ... does it?)
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answered Good UX for a form
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comment Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?
I see the potential difficulty, but I think it's important not to confuse the users who enter their name with the users who are running reports. The answer to your sorting question depends on the users who are running reports: does it matter to them whether María-Jose Carreño Quiñones is sorted to appear under "C" or "Q"? If not, then you can just use the data as entered into the field.
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answered Does leaving a field blank - mean “everyone”
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comment Group of checkboxes and supporting text fields
The other problem with horizontal checkboxes is that it can be harder to ensure that visually, the label is easy to associate with its respective checkbox. For example, with your mockup, it is likely that some users will think the checkbox for fax is the one on the left hand side and some will think it's the box on the right hand side. You also have the horizontal width to contend with if you go across the screen. You avoid both of these problems altogether if you align boxes vertically, as JohnGB suggests.