As some people have started asking when Web Form Design Best Practices will be in their hands, I figured a post about our publishing schedule would be appropriate. At this point, the manuscript is written and in the hands of my editor. Following this editorial pass, we’ll be working on layout and getting everything to the printer in the middle of February.
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Though I have an upcoming book on the topic, I’m not the only one writing about Web forms. Here are a few recent articles that touch on some interesting or important form design topics.
Messing up the interface
This article does a great job illustrating how forms can get more complicated as numerous departments add their requirements. By visualizing the progression of a simple form to one that meets the needs of sales, engineering, legal, and marketing, this write-up illuminates why forms need to communicate with one voice despite multiple stakeholders.
Wufoo Form Gallery
Online form-builder, Wufoo launched a gallery of HTML templates and CSS themes that allows anyone to create a variety of forms and put them to use quickly. They also added flexible CSS layouts and label placement options to their popular Web form builder.
Approaches to Character Limit Cut-offs
The post outlines a few approaches to communicating text limits within input fields and showcases examples from Twitter and LinkedIn.
On Functioning Form, I published an article discussing when to ask questions and how focusing on ZIP codes and addresses in Web Forms. The full article: Web Form Design: ZIP Codes & Locations
User Interface Engineering published part two of a compilation of recent form design articles I’ve written. The two part series outlines several lessons learned from Web Form Design in the Wild (Part 2).
User Interface Engineering published part one of a compilation of recent form design articles I’ve written. The two part series outlines several lessons learned from Web Form Design in the Wild.
On Functioning Form, I published an article outlining problems with primary & secondary actions on the British Airways checkout form. The full article: Web Form Design: British Airways.
In my recent article about Primary & Secondary Actions in Web Forms, I argue that in most situations secondary actions like Reset and Cancel are unnecessary and should be either removed or de-emphasized in the user interface to avoid mistakes. Andrew Ingram went a step further and created a script that automatically provides an option to Undo your action if you reset a form. In the cases where reset is necessary option, this is a very useful feature.
On Functioning Form, I published an article outlining several Web form design best practices and how they were neglected in the design of a Fairmont Hotels form page. The full article: Web Form Design: Fairmont Hotels.
On Functioning Form, I published an article demonstrating the importance of eliminating unnecessary inputs in Web forms. The full article: Web Form Design: Boingo.
Smashing Magazine included Web Form Design Best Practices in their very thoughtful list of 40+ Books For Professional Design & Development. They are giving away copies of each of the books they recommend as part of their one year anniversary. Take a look…