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Can anyone suggest good resources about web form design and usability for web applications?
Especially complex forms with 15+ fields etc.

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A List Apart has a great article on user interface design and sensible forms.

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+1, both are excellent articles from an excellent source. – Josh K Jan 13 '11 at 14:38

I was inspired by a list of 36 login forms to rethink how I went about my form design.

  • A touch of style goes a long way
  • You don't need to make them tiny, larger text is more readable
  • Simple and most importantly clear validation errors / messages

There is also a great article on 15+ best practices for form design on AdmixWeb.

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I like the function LoginPage() one. Geek to the core! good example site. – Michael K Jan 13 '11 at 14:44
@Michael: It is, unfortunately the site is broken, exposing a lot of Django underpinnings. – Josh K Jan 13 '11 at 15:54

Anything by Luke Wroblewski and I would seriously recommend getting his book Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks.

The link I posted to Luke's website contains all his writings, which is not focused just on form design. The following link is a collection of all the articles that deal with forms - 154 articles.

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You can watch a presentation of him at the Mix 2010 conference: – ZippyV Jan 13 '11 at 21:37

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