Placing labels in forms – and other time-consuming controversies

Here’s a look at current research into where to place labels – the text that stands for a question – if you want your forms to be usable.

This presentation to the 2010 User Experience Conference in Lisbon also examines some of the less important details that sometimes preoccupy form designers: whether to use colons, sentence or title case, and how to handle required fields.

Plus three details that matter very much to users: reset and cancel buttons, text-heavy pages and preambles, and ‘false ends’ to forms.