Efficient creation of sensible and usable forms

Sensible Forms: A Form Usability Checklist by Brian Crescimanno takes a look at various areas of web form design and gives good advice for making forms usable. Nothing new or revolutionary, but a solid article that will help developers create better forms.

Creating forms has to be the single most time-consuming aspect of web development. In far too many website projects I end up feeling that I would have needed to spend much more time on the forms to make them more usable and intuitive. Often I also feel less than happy about the markup and CSS used to control their layout.

I'm sure many others feel the same way about forms, so I'd like to ask a few questions:

Please share any tricks you have that make creating usable forms easier and more efficient.

Update: I was checking my referrer logs and found that other people are asking similar questions: Forms Markup and CSS.

Posted on January 13, 2006 in Quicklinks, Usability