Error prevention in online forms : use color instead of asterisks to mark required fields

Pauwels, S. L. and Hübscher, C. and Leuthold, S. and Bargas-Avila, J. A. and Opwis, K.. (2009) Error prevention in online forms : use color instead of asterisks to mark required fields. Interacting with computers, Vol. 21, H. 4. pp. 257-262.

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In this study, a simple but important user interface design choice is examined: when marking required-fields in online forms, should GUI designers stick with the often used asterisk that many form design guidelines cite as the de-facto web standard, or should they choose a colored background as a new design solution to visually signal which input fields are required? An experiment with 24 participants was conducted to test the hypotheses that efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction ratings of colored required-fields exceed those of asterisk-marked required-fields. Results indicate that colored required field marking leads to fewer errors, faster form fill-in in and higher user satisfaction.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Society & Choice > Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodologie (Opwis)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Mensch-Maschine Interaktion (Bargas-Avila)
UniBasel Contributors:Bargas-Avila, Javier Andrés and Pauwels, Stefan and Hübscher, Christian and Leuthold, Stefan and Opwis, Klaus
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:22 Mar 2012 14:24
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:42

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