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Old 06-27-2007, 03:14 AM   #1
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I got the link to this site through one of my mailing lists. It is a well-illustrated article on the various considerations for designing web forms, which may be of interest. I hope to find time to look at more of the articles too when I have time.

http://www.lukew.com/resources/articles/web_forms.html
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Interesting article. I've been designing screen data entry forms for over 20 years, and find that the 'right justified horizontal' labels, without any bolding, work the best. People tend to read them fairly accurately unless the sequence is irrational. So if the form is long, then division into logical groups is essential. And it's not always easy to get the groups right.

All form design is so easy to get wrong, but how many institutions do it badly? I once left a bank after 40 years, the bank my father worked for for 35 years, after years of wrestling with increasingly worse form design as well as other problems. One of the biggest problems in that case was that the redesigns always favoured the 'office use only' section of the form to the detriment of the customer section. It appears nobody worked out that if they got the customer section right, the office only part would all but disappear...

   
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I got the link to this site through one of my mailing lists. It is a well-illustrated article on the various considerations for designing web forms, which may be of interest. I hope to find time to look at more of the articles too when I have time.

http://www.lukew.com/resources/articles/web_forms.html
Pity it deals only with visual design, not with accessibility or interaction design (tab order, multi-page forms, wizards...). But within that limitation an interesting article, nicely illustrated.

   
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