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Chapter 10. Designing Forms for Business Use > Organizing Controls on the Form

Organizing Controls on the Form

A form that holds just three or four fields doesn't require much in the way of organization. You can more or less just plop the fields onto the form, pretty them up a bit, and then move on. However, it's a rare form that contains so few fields. It's much more common for a form to contain 10, 15, even 20 controls, all vying for the user's attention. Tossing all those controls onto the form willy-nilly is definitely not a good idea: Inexperienced form users are likely to get confused; busy users will resent the time it takes to determine what's what; and expert operators will get frustrated by the inefficient and tiring layout.

Proper control organization doesn't imply anything elaborate. It just means three things:


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