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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Label field alignment and eye-tracking for online forms

I've just finished reading a paper by Das, McEwan and Douglas on a report of eye-tracking for label alignment in online forms. While it didn't really say anything new, I found it interesting that it confirmed what we'd already learned over the past 25 years through observational studies and usability testing. That is, it is faster for users to have labels for lists of ballot boxes right aligned to the boxes rather than left aligned with a gap between the label and the box.  It is effectively no different to what should generally happen with paper forms.

The paper title is "Using Eye-tracking to Evaluate Label Alignment in Online Forms".

It can be purchased here.

2 comments:

  1. Das, McEwan and Douglas include a reference to a talk that I did for Scottish UPA. You can get the slides for that talk as a .pdf: http://www.scottishupa.org.uk/080226-jarrett.pdf

    The main points about label placement are also covered in an article I wrote here:
    http://www.usabilitynews.com/news/article3507.asp

    Cheers
    Caroline

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  2. I can strongly recommend both the items mentioned by Caroline,
    Rob

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