13:6 Minimize User Data Entry
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Document Type: Guideline
Controls and Widgets
Do not require users to enter the same information more than once.
Requiring re-entry of data imposes an additional task on users, and increases the possibility of entry errors. When entries made by users on one page are required on another page, the computer should retrieve the original entries, rather than requiring re-entry of the same information. In general, require users to make as few entries as possible.
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Zimmerman, D.E., Akerelrea, C.A., Buller, D.B., Hau, B., & LeBlanc, M. (2002). Integrating usability testing into the development of a 5-a-day nutrition Web site for at-risk populations in the American Southwest. Journal of Health Psychology.
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Description: Access by Design Online
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Related Usability Guidelines:
- Usability Guideline: Label Data Entry Fields Consistently
- Usability Guideline: Do Not Make User-Entered Codes Case Sensitive
- Usability Guideline: Label Data Entry Fields Clearly
- Usability Guideline: Allow Users to See Their Entered Data
- Usability Guideline: Anticipate Typical User Errors
- Usability Guideline: Label Units of Measurement