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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Form Design and Label Placement
While James Avery was working on a side project he ended doing some research into form design and label placement, the results of which he blogged here, The Art of Label Placement in which he links to several interesting articles:
Web Application Form Design by Luke Wroblewski - This article covers the best ways to arrange labels and submission buttons.Our eyes and brain constantly ‘trick’ us into believing that much more of a scene is in sharp focus than actually is. In fact, the area of sharp focus, or fovea, is actually quite a small area of the total field of vision. Try it by staring ahead and checking things that are off centre.
In the last article, there is a marked difference in eye tracking times between the right aligned labels and the labels positioned directly above a control. When the labels are directly above the start of an input field, the label and start of field are obviously in focus at the same, greatly reducing eye movement, but how does this then relate to further cognitive processes? There is obviously a correspondence between saccade times (the time taken for the eye to center on an area of interest) and cognitive friction, but it is not clear whether it is in a strictly linear relationship.
“Eyetracking can show which parts of your user interfaces users see and which
There’s no denying that good layout and interaction design is essential for creating happy users. And strangely, I’ve never seen any articles from Microsoft on the topic of eye-tracking for testing usability? Now we are in the Age of User Experience I’m sure that will change!
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com