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Chapter 5

Input Fields

Types of Input Fields

Field Lengths

Required Fields

Input Groups

Flexible Inputs

Best Practices

Once it’s clear what questions should be on a form and how they should be presented, we need to provide people with a way to answer them. For this, we turn to input fields: checkboxes, radio buttons, drop-down menus, and text boxes of varying size.

Types of Input Fields

Because selecting which input field is right for a specific interaction is a fundamental interaction design problem, it’s a bit outside the scope of this book.[1] However, a quick overview of when to use checkboxes, radio buttons, drop-down menus, and text boxes within Web forms is probably in order (see Figure 5.1 and Table 5.1).

Figure 5.1 The various ...

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