good catch Joel
I just did something rather dumb: I tried to post a message and missed out the required Full Name field. Luckily, the system anticipated my dumbness and put a nice big unmissable red box around the field I had missed.
First thing that came to mind, was this quotation....
Most forms change the label to red. Putting a red border around the box is new on me but is definitely clearer. Mind you, some people might consider it too much "in your face".
Some people would be wrong IMHO.
But these are people who just missed a required field.
The traditional approach of simply changing the label to red is not an ideal one. Color should generally not be used as a primary indicator -- partly because a significant proportion of the population (especially males) exhibits nonstandard color vision, partly because people occasionally use non-color displays.
Just testing to see how paranoid Joel is about people signing with his name
I am using Konqueror, and the CSS does not propoerly render the red box. However, it gracefully degrades to saying that this filed is required, with the 'required' font in red.
It is nice.
Why go to the server?
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