The 10 Commandments of Good Form Design on the Web – Mono

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1. Thou shalt provide clear, always visible labels for each field There is a trend in web design to show form labels only when a field is focussed. This can be cool on a simple form like a username/password form, but for anything longer it is probably a bad idea. When you have the space to show labels, do so. Especially in a long form a user will review the input he or she entered; when you can’t read which field corresponds to which label there is no way to do a good review.

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