Interface elements that allow a user to input data.

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Why do websites have a contact form? isn't an email address enough?

What's reason behind having a contact form on a website, when a simple e-mail link is enough? Why do so many web sites have contact forms? Is it just a habit?
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Form label position for best usability

I'm creating a form that will ask a visitor for their firstname, middle initial, and lastname. I want the those text fields to be all inline, but where should I place the labels? On the left, top, or ...
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User Registration forms— Do we need a user name?

Lets say we are designing a new website's registration form. Would I need to provide a space for a username, or should I simply require an email address? Are there any serious issues with either of ...
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What countries require a state/province in the mailing address?

I'm creating a form and want to require / hide the state/province field based on the selected country. What countries require a state in the mailing address? For example, the United States does.
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Best way to let users enter 'infinity' in a html form

I have a form with a field "quantity" which can have the value "unlimited / infinity": Quantity: [ ] What would be a good way to let users enter "infinity"? Some ideas: 1) Tell the user that -1 ...
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How should I deal with a 'Contact Us' Form?

Often you'll see websites with a "For any questions, please contact us..." followed by a box for your name, email, subject, maybe some invoice data... When should these be implemented on a website? ...
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Alternative to Instant Form Pro

I was looking for a PHP form generator this morning and ran across "Instant Form Pro" by Joel Comm (http://www.instantformpro.com). It looks like it offers what I'm looking for (easy to use quick form ...
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Are send to a friend features in websites obselete?

Often I am asked to create send to a friend forms for websites where a user can enter a few of their friends email addresses to which a URL is forwarded via email. My question is now that we have so ...
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Why don't websites have contact emails? [duplicate]

I find websites having a contact form which you must put in your own email address. It is frustrating because I would rather send an email my self. What is the rationale for doing this and not ...
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How to protect a form from spam? [duplicate]

I have compiled a list of items that may protect a web form from span. Which are actually effective? Please feel free to add additional items. Store a code as a hidden field and verify it when ...
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Why do websites require retyping the password upon user error in a registration form?

Many times, when you fill out a registration form and miss a required field, the form reloads with all the fields filled out except for the password which you have to retype. I'm wondering if I ...
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Form autocompletion not working

I created a HTML form with several input fields, nothing special. Using the most recent version of Google Chrome and Firefox autocompletion works for all form fields which means that whenever I want ...
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What kind of spam is this on our form?

We're receiving a lot of spam that looks like this: Form field 1 (textfields): duYYAJPNaMVsC Form field 2: icDiQOVRy Form field 3: uSDzPEObWIrTsCidma Form field 4: ODscxPiiqj ...
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Is it correct to just keep gender as male/female?

When designing a form that asks for a person's gender, should I take any special consideration for hermaphrodites or trans-gendered persons, or is M/F good enough? Is defaulting the gender offensive ...
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Where do you get data to populate a suggest-box with Country, State, City and Zip Information?

I'm trying to create some dialogs in my web-app that can auto-suggest possible Countries, States, Cities and Zips in a form. I was planning on storing this information in a database, and making calls ...
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Why doesn't autofocus=“autofocus” work in Mozilla Firefox?

<INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="Gw" MAXLENGTH="225" size="42" autofocus="autofocus"> If I try this with Google Chrome it works. I just want to highlight a form without <script>. Why doesn't it ...
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HTML5 <form> autocomplete Attribute

What is the point of the autocomplete attribute? Isn't it bad practice to tell your users how their browser should work to fill a form?
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Do Search Engine Spider's submit POST forms?

If I have content behind a POST form (a select box, in my case) will Googlebot, or other Search Engine Spiders be able to crawl the content behind that form? For example, if I were to have 4 ...
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Removing CAPTCHA is harmful for my forms?

I have some services on my site that developed by PHP , it seems having CAPTCHA in my registration form is decreasing registering users , I tend to remove CAPTCHA at least on my registering form , is ...
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Auto subscribe checkbox on registration

What are the laws on this? If I have a simple registration form, can I have underneath it: [x] Subscribe to the blog [x] Email me when a new release is issued Auto checked? Or do they need to be ...
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Alternative to Google Forms? [closed]

I'm looking for a web app I can install to allow users to create simple forms, collect responses, and extract the data (e.g. as a CSV spreadsheet) in order to track travel, expenses, etc. Any ...
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Looking for a good script to handle fill-in forms on a non-CMS website

We have a website which is mostly HTML pages, in other words, not CMS based. The way we handle fill-in forms is through an ancient script that comes with the web hosting. It requires a separate text ...
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Which online form builders offer conditional logic/branching?

I have a survey with the following form fields: Country Age Male/Female Undergraduate/Graduate Question? Yes No If No, what about this and that? Yes No Google Forms and SurveyMonkey don't ...
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we choose to use tables to layout web forms: (how) can we make them valid/accessible?

we are building a site with dozens of very complex forms and we decided that the best solution for us is to make them using <table> but we are worried about accessibility and standards. what i ...
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Is content in option tags indexed?

Is data inside an <option> tag indexed? For example, would the following option tag allow "Volvo", "Saab", "Opel" and "Audi" to be indexed by a crawler? <select> <option ...
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Form development optimization

Like many web developers I do forms all the time. I found myself doing the same all the time: placing input fields, assigning a name to each, ajax the form, then create the PHP which involves to ...
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Implementing inline editing for a web order form without using Javascript

As the title states, I'm trying to find a good solution to implement inline editing for a web order form with just HTML/CSS. The only mediocre solution I have right now is this -> ...
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Joomla! 2.5 — Adding a custom field to menu-item-edit-form

I would like to add a new field (select list of all menu-items) to the menu item-edit form. To do so I was setting up an system plugin with the following directory structure: languageroot.php ...
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Hidden form and SEO

I'm using hidden forms, to collects some statistics. Will it have any penalty from search engines ? Update 1: I'm collecting some statistics, based on user interaction with my website. For example, ...
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How to safely collect bank account from website and without an external gateway payment system

I want to collect bank account information from my customers on my website. I would like to do this using a online form, then I will download it to a PC, print it and then delete it from the website. ...
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A particular IP address hits our form and submits an empty page every few days. Possible reasons?

We look after a low volume website which has a contact us form which looks like this: <form method="post" action="http://www.*****.com/cgi-bin/contact.cgi"> Starting a few weeks ago, every ...
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A simple and free guestbook script?

Looking for a free, simple PHP guestbook script - couldn't talk the client out of the idea - and I remember using something fairly easy to set up a few years ago that used a simple txt file to store ...
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Trying to collect input values using hidden input fields

I have the following fields: First Name: <input type="text" id="tFName" name="tFName" maxlength="50" /> Last Name: <input type="text" id="tLName" name="tLName" maxlength="50" /> Is ...
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My email based support form on my shared host is being blocked by Gmail

On my site (developed with ASP.NET, if that matters) I have a support form, which is nothing more than three fields (i.e., name, email, and message) plus a Send button. The form code generates ...
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New to website form validation

I'm new to form validation and I have been lucky over the years. I would like to update my method of form creation in my sites. I was curious to know what is standard and if there is a preexisting ...
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Where are the messages sent by a Joomla contact form?

Where can we find the messages sent by the users using contact form in Joomla 2.5? I just activated the contact us page in the menu. While testing it, after filling all the fields and submitting the ...
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How to make browsers offer to remember passwords

What properties login form needs to have to trigger "remember password" for all (or most) browsers? Background: For years I have been using Opera, and the rule has been that almost anything that ...
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Can bots crawl through “checkbox” form elements which act as a filter for products?

For example, my site has a list of products, with a filter box which allows you to narrow by price, features, etc. My question is, can google crawl this form, see the url results (which is a bunch of ...
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Is there anyway i can create an intranet request form and have it be stored in a database? [closed]

I am trying to create a form for my companies intraNet site. The idea is as follows: An employee wants to make a purchase, so they will go to the appropriate page in the intraNet They will fill out ...
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html tag for grouping forms?

I thought I remember seeing this somewhere but maybe not. Isn't there an HTML tag for grouping forms similar to the tag for grouping headers? so for example: <fgroup> <form> ...
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Client wants a re-order form for their business. Best approach?

A client wants a customer re-order form for their Web site, but it's getting pretty lengthy. Here is what the page looks like: ...
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Personalized URL with pre-populated data

I think I am going to use Google spreadsheets and an embedded form. I see that it is possible to pre-populate the fields with URL parameters. So I think I just need a way to redirect with the correct ...
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What is a generalized form creator that runs on .NET / Windows? [closed]

At the institution that I'm at, we've been looking for web applications that enable users to create and deploy their own forms. Similar applications are Wufoo, and google forms. Unfortunately, those ...
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input type=“email”

I have a form where I ask for email addresses. Usually I'd use <input type="email" ...> but I want to allow a user to type foo rather than foo@mycompany.com in the (likely) case that they ...
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Single Full Name field in registration form user submits only first what to enter in my backend as last?

On a registration form I have a single input called Full Name. The strings are parsed with http://code.google.com/p/php-name-parser/ so if a person enters their full name middle or any quantity of ...
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Show submitted form input without server-side scripts

Is there a way to accept form input and have the output dumped/printed back to the web page with HTML or JavaScript/AJAX and without PHP/Perl/server-side scripts?
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How do you handle the “Cancel” button?

I am currently creating yet another form, and as usual, I am not sure which way to implement the "Cancel" (or "Back") button next to the "Submit" one, that allows the user to forget this form and go ...
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UTF-8 charset doesn't work for PHP mail form

I'm trying to solve the problem of reading special characters, (plus I cant get it on one of the Gmail) I get something like this "לדו×" and this "Ч“Ч•Чђ\"ЧњЧ“Ч•" sent from my WP blog I've tried ...
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How can we fix the emtpy form action error reported by HTML5 validators for default ASP.NET 4 pages, and will this affect SEO?

We are in the process of upgrading our ASP.NET 4 website from XHTML 1.0 to HTML 5. The <form> tag is generated automatically as it is ASP.NET, and it looks like: <form method="post" ...
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How to handle gender and sexual orientation on a form with select boxes more inclusively?

The existing question and the answers for it are not satisfying when one wants to be more inclusive. Gender as Male, Female or No Answer works for some sites, but not others. Taking the view that ...