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comment Why does * (asterisk) mean Required on a form field
I don't have an answer to the question. What I do know is that it predates the web. I've seen instances of an asterisk to indicate a required field on mainframe data entry screens from the 70s. So, it's a pretty old convention. As to where it first showed up or who was the mastermind behind it, I'm without a clue.
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