[thelist] [Usability] Where does the "*" required-marker go?

Scott pippen at bigpond.net.au
Mon Oct 14 07:01:01 CDT 2002

I have two different font faces.

Bold/black for a standard non-required field:
Bold/red for a required field, with a legend saying

"Bold/red fields are required"

Works pretty well - people see colours better I think.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Liam Delahunty" <ldelahunty at britstream.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 9:01 PM
Subject: RE: [thelist] [Usability] Where does the "*" required-marker go?

: Abhay S. Kushwaha wrote:
: > 1. Where does the "*" that marks required fields go?
: > 2. Next to the field legend or next to the field itself?
: > 3. To the left or to the right?
: To the right of the label. Almost always in a table like so:
: <tr><td>Label *</td><td>input field</td></tr>
: and (very rarely) I've used:
: <tr><td>Label</td><td>*</td><td>field</td></tr>
: so you end up with a distinctive column showing the required fields.
: > 4. Any particular reasons for your choice?
: None that I could back up with data.
: I usually put the * required above the form, so the user has read that
: first. Hopefully. Also on the error check I'll highlight the missing field,
: usually by giving the label cell a background colour which matches the error
: report.  Like so: http://www.britstream.com/contact.php
: kr,
: Liam
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