Styling Form Widgets

Cameron Adams on why styling form widgets is often a bad idea.

Posted on May 5, 2004 in Accessibility, Quicklinks, Usability

Comments

  1. I’m not pointing fingers here, but even though forms aren’t usually the best looking part of a Web site sometimes you’ve got to resist the urge to style them, for usability’s sake.<<

    Isn’t this basically the same argument that was once used for why all hyperlinks should be blue/red/purple and underlined?

  2. Hmm…my comment was cut off…”Isn’t this basically the same argument that was once used for why all hyperlinks should be blue/red/purple and underlined?”

  3. May 6, 2004 by Roger (Author comment)

    I think you should be careful when you style form elements, especially buttons and drop-down menus. You can use subtle styling, but don’t overdo it. When I use forms on the web, I just get irritated when I have to think about whether a button really is a button.

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