How should elements be aligned on a form? This article provides some solid, evidence-based recommendations for an often hotly-debated topic.
24-30 August 2008 is Privacy Awareness Week, so we thought we’d take a look the issue of privacy and the collection of personal information on forms.
Most forms contain at least one question for which respondents must choose one or more options from a predefined set. These predefined options are the closed question response categories.
In this article, we’re going to unpick what makes a good (or not so good) set of response categories, culminating with a simple-to-use checklist.
Judging a form is about making an assessment of quality, usefulness and/or suitability.
Many people judge forms just by looking at them. This article demonstrates why this method of judging is lacking and suggests alternative approaches.
Here in Australia, 6 – 13 June 2008 is National E-Security Awareness Week. It seems like an apt time, therefore, for us to provide an overview of some key security issues for electronic forms, particularly those on the Web.
In this article, we explore the spectrum of different electronic form types and present a useful framework for describing just what is an electronic form.
When you say “form design”, people usually think about graphics and layout, or questions and answers. What they don’t often think about is the process around the form. But process is as pivotal as these other elements.
Need to design a form and can’t get past that blank piece of paper or screen? Maybe you’ve been charged with reviewing an existing form and you don’t know where to start.
This article describes a way in which a form or questionnaire can be broken up into individual layers, making the design and review process easier and more efficient.
So you have a form, and you want to make it ‘good’. Where do you start?
In this article we present a simple model for assessing the quality of a form.
Today, 8 November 2007, is World Usability Day. This year’s theme is Healthcare, so we’re having a look at the usability of new patient questionnaires. You might be surprised to learn how many problems we encountered in such a relatively simple and common form.