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Ten Design Guidelines for Business Forms

Answering the three questions from the previous section is only the first step towards creating a useable business form. The following sections offer a set of ten guidelines that help you build useable and attractive forms for easy and accurate data entry and editing.

1. Make Forms Fast

Most, perhaps all, users of business forms are busy people with long to-do lists, and working with your form is only one item on those lists. These people don't want to spend precious minutes trying to determine how to use a form or what a particular field is supposed to represent. Make your control names clear, but not verbose; for tricky fields, add an explanatory label.


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