Questions tagged [forms]

Forms are generally used to retrieve different types of qualitative and quantitative data from user input through controls such as text fields, radio buttons, checkboxes, sliders, buttons, or any type of custom control used to collect data input. Form- and field-level validation, error and status messaging, and issues around contextual help within forms may also fall into this category

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Should apps allow the use of non-Latin names?

When you have an application with an intended international audience, you are likely to run into issues with names. The W3C has some interesting documentation on names, but I'm not sure how good it ...
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Form - time input

I saw a few posts about dates and what not. I was wondering what the best solution would be to get time. It needs to be an exact time and it would be nice to support both time formats. Should i just ...
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Better approach to blue/underlined for link?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and assumed it was self-...
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UI for multi-select with at-least-one requirement?

I have a field for which the user may select multiple responses, and is likely to be implemented as a drop-down with checkboxes. The user can select one, two, or many from the list of options. We're ...
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Disable the save button until changes are made?

We have a list of complicated things, which the user can click on to get a new view in which they can edit all the details stored for that thing. The edit view already has a Cancel exit mechanism (...
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In-Line Form Validation - Checking for numbers in a persons Forename / Surname field

If a user enters numerics in their Forename / Surname field should this trigger the validation - the same as would occur if Alpha characters were entered in a Phone Number field? I would suggest that ...
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How to design a form that mostly is read-only, but sometimes editable?

Often in database-centric application I need to design a view for records e.g. something like: Name: __________ Phone Nr: _________ Website: ______ Email: __________@________ Location: ____________ ...
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What are some good resources for mobile form design?

I'm looking for some good resources on mobile form design. There seems to be a lot for web forms, and a lot of that translates well. But a lot translates poorly when you have restricted screen real ...
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Icon based buttons or Color based buttons which is more UI attractive and Friendly

I am seeing websites increasingly switching to color based buttons and interaction elements rather than icon based is this a trend or do they have reasons behind the switch? For example see the ...
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Should date validation allow "091011"?

Should I allow users to input the MMDDYY or MMDDYYYY format for a date? That is, should any date validation logic not trigger a validation error if the user just wants to put in the numbers without ...
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When to explain email verification process to the user?

We designed a new "Edit personal details" form in our system that allows the user to change his e-mail. Changing an e-mail sends a verification mail to the user's mailbox, and only after verification ...
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Should field labels be nouns or verbs?

On a web form should field labels be nouns or verbs? This issue arose from two fields on an account request form that currently read: Temporary Password Re-Enter Temporary Password There is debate ...
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Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs "save" button

In our web application we have a number of pages to do with user settings, in different categories. For most of them we have a display page with an edit button/link, which takes them to a form which ...
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Replace radio-input with "buttons"? (web forms)

Is it good (or okay) UX to replace radio input fields with something that looks kinda different (please look at the image to see what I mean). I think most people will understand that they have to ...
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In a form, is Switching between advanced to basic a good idea?

I have a web page/form which users have to fill in before clicking the 'proceed' button. Same old story I guess. It looks like this: report name: [...] report type: (*) PDF ( ) HTML ...
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When and how to validate forms in a usability perspective?

I am implementing a business application and wounder what's the best way to validate forms, and when. An example is a form where three textfields where a currency amount is expected. A valid input is ...
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What is the most pleasant and fast UX when logging in / registering for a private web-app?

In my case, the openId login is out of the question. The application that I'm working on will only allow corporate users with a given specific email domain to register. The login/register form needs ...
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scale or rating design

I was wondering what would be the best way to say someone is one thing or another. So, i want to create a form for Jungian Personality, but i want to make it fast and simple. So i was thinking of ...
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Billing Form: Credit Card details first or last?

Background Info: I am designing a new credit card form for my company and I am happy with the result. In the design I had the credit card details first because users can choose between CC and Paypal (...
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Are edit-form-only interfaces effective for CRMs?

What do you think about the user interface with only an edit form—where there is no separate interface for viewing data—like in Microsoft CRM? Is it effective? What problems do such interfaces tend ...
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Alternatives to having an excessive number of radio buttons on a form?

I have a form which dynamically creates the user's choices as radio buttons. It functionally works, but it does not look that pretty. It looks ugly, particularly if the number of radio buttons grows. ...
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Disable further input until all previous required fields are filled

Is it a good practice to enable fields by turn, so the next input will be enabled only when all required fields above are filled? In this way I am going to prevent the case when user submits a form ...
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Default input labels and text sizes

Looking to get community feedback on a few small related form questions: For standard forms: How long should a standard text box input be? These text boxes would be for first and last name? Should ...
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Is default text needed for simple forms?

Does having default text on simple forms improve usability or simply clutter the interface? I have a sign in form that is very simple, and visually I think it would be better without the default text,...
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How to show invalidation errors for fieldsets?

In our various application forms we test for valid entry and required entry, and if invalid/missing we redbox the field and drop a text note immediately under the field. No drama there. We do have ...
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3-level tab design alternatives

I have this new requirement for an application UI design. There is one instance of the app wherein the user needs to input a lot of info, the recommended wireframe was to put a 3 level tab design (...
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Design recommendation for a button

I have a form in which the user requests a report to the system by clicking the Send Report Request button. The system then produces scheduled reports according to the interval the user selected (...
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How to tell a client in a form that they can enter their email OR their tel # (but both are not necessary)?

In a contact form, I need either their number or email. I've thought of these ways: Have field label be "Email or Tel #", or "Email / Tel #" Have the above, but placeholder text in the input saying "...
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Is it good practice to only accept numeric keystrokes in number-only fields?

I have a form that only takes in numbers as it represents a dollar amount. Currently, the form only accepts numerical keystrokes. Is this good practise?
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Options of options in web form

So I have some options that a user can choose from, and then from those options they can choose sub options. Right now it is setup using the jquery accordion, where the main option is clicked and ...
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Is it the best idea to gather only one field to create a new record and then edit all fields later?

This question is specifically about web sites, but it may apply to other areas. In my last few web sites, I have been gathering minimal info in a form to create a new record. For example, when I add ...
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Locking/Disabling buttons

So, I'm trying to understand which of the following is the best UX for a web application (not a web site). The area of the application I'm considering is the administration side of the app responsible ...
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Input field label position, in context of view and edit mode

We would like to use top aligned fields for our form page, wherein the label text is in bold and the input text, normal (not sure if this is the best scenario). In edit mode, this works fine. The same ...
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What is best practice for button labels?

What is the best practice when you're labeling your app buttons? For example, I have a button that links the user to the product reports page, will the button say "View Product Reports" or just "...
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Should I provide a default selection?

[this whole feature is a new one for us so we don't have real-world data] I have a form that requires the user to select one of predefined items (equivalent to, say, shipping addresses). The user is ...
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What problems could arise from displaying a label inside a textbox during data entry?

Just made the finishing touches on a new technique I developed for using a label in a textbox. Here is the live demonstration: http://powabunga.nfshost.com/bestform/ There were a few things I was ...
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Is this rotating cube interface user-friendly?

I'm working on a prototype for an innovative form interface, where different parts of the form are shown on different sides of a cube. The cube rotates, and the user can fill it out as the cube spins. ...
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When forms should be intrusive

I used to think it was always my job to make forms and interfaces as unobtrusive as possible. More recently, I've realized it is sometimes necessary to slow the user down (within reason) especially ...
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Credit Card input format

Somewhere, in one of the Usability books I read ( probably Donald Norman ), there was a suggestion that the normal format for entering credit cards was wrong. The usual format is 16 characters in a ...
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Best place for "save" button

I have a tab based interface, each tab has a form with fields, the user is supposed to make changes on each of the fields in the tabs and then click on a "save all" button to save all changes, I have ...
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I am trying to think which is the best way for a simple crud

Having little experience I am wondering which is the best way to add a simple CRUD functionality for the ListView there.The design is incomplete.The two black buttons down there are for Create end ...
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What makes a good form?

I've recently been given the challenge to create a preferably 'fun and engaging'-form, consisting of about 40-50 fields. The form consists of four parts, Employee-contact-info, Employment-description, ...
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With 'OK' button, 'Cancel' should appear as secondary button or link?

When I make web application designs, every time I style form or overlay boxes with OK and Cancel buttons. I think of making them different. But is it a good practice? Some people recommend primary ...
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Where is the best position for CRUD button?

I was always confused position CRUD* buttons on my application. I see some applications, there are CRUD bottons on the right side, top or bottom. In your opinion, where is the suitable place for the ...
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Forms on Windows Phone 7?

I'm in the process of developing a wp7 app as a side project at work. The form I'm creating really needs to be completed in order, for the most part. I've added two screenshots, the first one is the ...
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Dropdown vs radio button

User have to choose type of food (from 3 or 4 choices) in our application. Default selection is used in 60 - 70% of cases. What will be better: dropdown or radio buttons?
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Date picker button placement: inside or outside the right bounds?

Which of these is a better approach for placement of the date picker button: Having the button outside the right bounds of the other textboxes: Or having the picker inside: I'm also thinking of ...
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Recommend practices for custom user created forms in a CMS

I would like to allow users to create custom forms in a CMS I am building. While on a broader level, it seems to be quite simple, let the user create the form and save it, the little details seems to ...
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Why does * (asterisk) mean Required on a form field

Watching a video from DIBI conference and Jared Spool mentions the mysterious origins of the asterisk (*) on a required form field. Where does this come from, why does an asterisk mean required?
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Keyboard shortcut for "Submit form"

I use a form maybe 100 times a day. I can tab between the fields with no problem but most of the time I don't have to fill out the entire form and would like to submit it without having to touch the ...
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