Making Forms Accessible: Accessible Forms Help all Users

table of questions and multiple choice answers

Development of an accessible pdf form for students with disabilities that provides both the required level of usability and accessibility and the necessary backend features. [Read More]

What Do You Mean? How to Write Good Questions

When designing forms, a background in survey methodology and social research can facilitate a transition into user-centered design. [Read More]

Redesigning Centrelink Forms: A Case Study of Government Forms

Daunting as they are to develop, government forms with improved usability save money by reducing the need to contact customers, correct errors, and deal with bad data. [Read More]

Forms on the Go: Usable Forms for the Mobile Web

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Designing forms for the mobile web confronts unique challenges that are difficult to test and are not completely in the developer’s control. [Read More]

Forms Management: What Forms Managers Think About

To create really good electronic forms, as with paper forms, you need to consult with all parties to assess fully their needs. [Read More]

The ELMER Experience: A Standard for Government Forms

There is a comprehensive set of principles and specifications for usability in internet forms called ELMER. [Read More]

The View From Here: Ballot Forms

If elections are to accurately reflect the will of the people, then ballots should be designed so that all voters can easily understand and use them. [Read More]

Formally Speaking: Two Guidebooks about Designing Forms

Two books about designing forms, similar in subject matter but contain different approaches to defining problems, providing solutions, and presenting their approach in book design storytelling. [Read More]

Editor’s Note: Forms and Usability

This issue of UX explores forms, one of the most ubiquitous but under-noticed areas of usability among technology-oriented interactive communication. Where would we be if we could not log on to our computers or email systems, order products or services, search for data, and compare the results? In some cases, these displays of text, graphics, […] [Read More]

Editors’ Note: A Fascination with Forms

A few years ago, when we needed a book on usable forms to recommend to a client, there was little available. Now there are several, two of which (one our own) are reviewed in this issue. In the course of researching our book, we came across Robert Barnett, the distinguished Australian leader in the world […] [Read More]

What’s News: Thoughts as Art

The latest iteration of a colorful web-based computer program illustrates the “thought process” of a computer faced with making a move in a chess game. The Thinking Machine 4 (http://www.turbulence.org/spotlight/thinking/method.html) lets you see how it analyzes each possible move before it decides how to respond to yours. Using threads of green for your moves and […] [Read More]

Rubes Cartoon: Tombstone Order

Cartoons from the wild and twisted world of Leigh Rubin, syndicated cartoonist. [Read More]