I'm designing a pretty long form right now and am curious if it attracts the eye more and focuses users on filling out input fields if they're slightly highlighted if there's no values in there yet. Like this: enter image description here

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    Do you mean highlighting all empty fields like this, or just the currently selected on-focus one?
    – JonW
    Dec 17, 2013 at 18:35
  • @JonW Highlighting all fields.
    – bcackerman
    Dec 18, 2013 at 17:56
  • I'm going to a/b test it and let you know.
    – bcackerman
    Dec 27, 2013 at 17:46

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Browsers, by default, highlight active form elements. So I'd suggest that highlighting it certainly a common and, as such, expected UI interaction. As to whether or not you need to create your own active style, that likely depends on all sorts of factors regarding your specific project.

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