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Label placement in forms

Matteo Penzo has conducted an eyetracking study to evaluate the best solutions for label placement in forms. A number of suggested guidelines arose from their test results:

- Place labels above input fields so that users aren't forced to look separately at the label and the input field
- Be careful to visually separate labels from the previous input field
- If you choose to place labels to the left of input fields, make them right-aligned
- Don't use bold labels - they are a bit more difficult for users to read than plain text
- Use drop-down list with care since they are very eye-catching

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  • The article Label Placement in Forms Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 12, 2006

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COMMENTS

Luke Wroblewski has published a quick overview of the pros and cons of top, right and left aligned form labels.

Henrik Olsen | April 08, 2007

 

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