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Rule n° 76 - The contextual information relating to a form field has a close visual-proximity to it.

Some form fields require context-sensitive help, often a small modal explanation box available via a small question mark. Yes, this is not ideal, and if you can avoid it, so much the better. But if by chance you do have to do so, make sure that you keep the context information and the field in question visually close together. Mobile and screen zoom users will thank you. Other users might not thank you, but they will benefit too.

#Forms #Design #Accessibility

Goal

  • Facilitating the use of forms.
  • Prevent input errors.
  • Improve the accessibility of content for people with disabilities.

Implementation

  • Display the supplementary information for the label field (input help, error reporting, etc.) in the immediate vicinity of the field and its label, so that the relationship between them can be seen unambiguously.
  • Avoid formatting which creates significant empty space between these elements.

Control

Check for each form field:

  • That any supplementary information on the label field (input help, error reporting, etc.) is displayed in the immediate vicinity of the field and its label.
  • That there is no significant empty space between these elements.

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