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Back to Basics: Creating Effective Web Forums

A talk by Paul Dempsey at edUi 2010

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November 8, 2010 11:00 AM

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA

Learn how to develop forms that eliminate user frustration. This presentation will go back to basics, looking at all the factors that contribute to effective design.

A form is the most common way for users to submit information to a website. Basic form controls are easy enough to understand, but beginning designers may have trouble selecting the appropriate ones for individual data elements. Even experienced developers may make poor decisions when laying out forms, by not focusing on the user experience. We’ll look at data fields, use of appropriate form elements (text input, radio buttons, checkboxes, textarea), common mistakes, and the use of JavaScript and Ajax to provide interactivity. The session will not get into specific server programming, but will discuss some approaches to data validation and error handling.

This will be useful for web designers or managers who work with IT staff on form creation, as well as for web developers who want to improve the user experience of their forms.

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