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Anyone know of any good resources for designing highly usable online forms? I'm especially interested in cases with lots of fields. Examples of good forms are welcome too.

An interesting page I found:
http://usability.gov/lessons/form.html

tomislav
Tuesday, September 09, 2003

I don't have any pointers, but that looks like a good site to start with.

With a long form, you always need to ask yourself if this is really a good idea. Ideally you should be able to make the form shorter by collecting information only when it is needed.

Clay Dowling
Tuesday, September 09, 2003

In case you speak German, I can recommend this article: http://www.eggbert.de/page_00010

The guy who wrote it gave a talk at the first PHP Conference in Frankfurt and seems to know his stuff very well.

Frank
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Adam Kalsey started a section on his weblog call Simplified. First up was web forms - http://kalsey.com/simplified/form_errors/ which also reference this earlier post
http://kalsey.com/2003/06/form_expectations/
from which I found this
http://kalsey.com/2003/07/more_form_usability/
which points to http://www.itnextgen.net/pseudo/archives/000052.html

Hope that gets you started.

Tom (a programmer)
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Also found this, about access keys on the bugzilla form (it's a monster!) http://www.whitelabel.org/archives/000929.html

Whilst I'm here, I think it's worth adding that I liked the sign-up form at www.typepad.com because it had an indicator in the top corner which told you how many pages it had, and what page you were on.  And pages which use lots of label tags to match up with the input tags are generally good too.

Just a shame that fieldset styles in IE aren't up to scratch with those in Mozilla et al, otherwise I'd be recommending those too.

Tom (a programmer)
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

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