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Forms That Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  128 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Forms that Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability clearly explains exactly how to design great forms for the web. The book provides proven and practical advice that will help you avoid pitfalls, and produce forms that are aesthetically pleasing, efficient and cost-effective. It features invaluable design methods, tips, and tricks to help ensure accurate data and satisfied ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published by Morgan Kaufmann (first published October 1st 2008)
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Alice
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: usability
Jarrett and Gaffney have written a very practical book for people who design forms. They've limited their examples to Web forms, but the principles they are espousing apply as well to forms on other systems, and to paper forms up to and including the tax forms we all know and love, whatever country we call home.

The authors take us from considerations of the relationship between the form and its filler to "the truth" about planning a form for success in a number of different languages. Sometimes
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David
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Please don't take my three-star review the wrong way. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this book. I liked the presentation. I thought it was very clever to illustrate the end-user thought processes with callouts next to screen shots of good and bad web form examples (example: "Why do I have to enter the same information twice?").

Maybe I think about web forms more on a regular basis than your average bear. There simply wasn't anything in this book's 200 pages that I haven't already thought a
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Nathanael Coyne
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: work-related
Good introduction to forms but not substantial enough to be a useful ongoing reference to hit developers over the head with. Many of the examples could have been additionally abstracted and analysed; the principles and guidance seemed unsubstantiated, giving the book a feeling of lack of credibility, although as I know the authors are experienced I was happy to overlook this. Others might not be so forgiving. Book could have easily been twice as long.
Danielle Wills
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really useful - a lot of things you'd already know / common sense, if you already have some background knowledge of web form usability. Still some points and tips for those that aren't new.

If you are new - great read!~
Alaeddin Hallak
Nov 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: usability
Awesome book on Web forms usability. Short and to the point. Lots of examples and funny illustrations. I've used this book as a basis for a public presentation I gave (in Arabic).

http://vimeo.com/9488513
Maria Masha
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very useful book. A bit hard to read at times.
Julaine
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great, practical advice.
Laurian
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ux, non-fiction
Dated but really good.
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Very practical, easy to read primer
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