Labels On Forms

Making forms that look good and work well is hard. At Sitepoint, Jessica Enders has made it a little easier with “The Definitive Guide To Form Label Positioning“, which I would have called something like “A Look At Form Label Positioning” because I tend to hedge, but it’s certainly a guide and if not definitive it’s danged helpful.

Ms. Enders lists the Pros and Cons of 5 placement options (label on top of the field, to the left of the field and flush left, to the left of the field and flush right, inside the field, as a tool tip), dismisses the last two as a bad idea and provides some questions you can ask yourself in deciding among the others (“Will this form be filled out on small screens?”, for instance).

But making forms that look good and work well is still hard.