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Forms that work [electronic resource] : designing Web forms for usability / Caroline Jarrett, Gerry Gaffney.



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Jarrett, Caroline.
Publication date:
Amsterdam ; Boston : Morgan Kaufmann, 2009.
  • Book
  • xvii, 199 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Title Variation:
Designing Web forms for usability
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-192) and index.
  • Introduction: What is a form?
  • 1. Persuading people to answer
  • 2. Gathering the right information
  • 3. Making questions easy to answer
  • 4. Writing instructions
  • 5. Choosing between drop-downs and other controls
  • 6. Making the form flow easily
  • 7. Taking care of the details
  • 8. Making the form look easy
  • 9. Testing (the best bit).
Publisher's Summary:
Forms are everywhere on the web - for registration and communicating, for commerce and government. Good forms make for happier customers, better data, and reduced support costs. Bad forms fill your organization's databases with inaccuracies and duplicates and can cause loss of potential consumers. Designing good forms is trickier than people think. Jarrett and Gaffney come to the rescue with "Designing Forms that Work", clearly explaining exactly how to design great forms for the web. Liberally illustrated with full-color examples, it guides readers on how to define requirements, how to write questions that users will understand and want to answer, and how to deal with instructions, progress indicators and errors. This work: provides proven and practical advice that will help you avoid pitfalls, and produce forms that are aesthetically pleasing, efficient and cost-effective; features invaluable design methods, tips, and tricks to help ensure accurate data and satisfied customers; and, includes dozens of examples - from nitty-gritty details (label alignment, mandatory fields) to visual designs (creating good grids, use of color).
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Electronic reproduction. Amsterdam : Elsevier Science & Technology, 2009. Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on June 3, 2009). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions.
Gaffney, Gerry.
ScienceDirect (Online service)
Morgan Kaufmann series in interactive technologies.

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