13:3 Label Data Entry Fields Consistently
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Document Type: Guideline
Controls and Widgets
Ensure that data entry labels are worded consistently, so that the same data item is given the same label if it appears on different pages.
If possible, employ consistent labeling conventions. For example, do not use single words or phrases for some labels and short sentences for others, or use verbs for some and nouns for others.
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Title: Web Application Form Design
Description: Illustrates the options for label placement in forms and the pros and cons of each.
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