"Labels should follow sentence case.

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    Frank
    Asked on February 08, 2013 at 09:39 AM

    "Labels should follow sentence case."

    I agree, but the example doesn't follow that. It's "First Name Last Name".



    This is a re-post of a comment on 10 Best Practices for Web Forms

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    Deygus
    Answered on February 08, 2013 at 09:59 AM

    Hi Frank, we appreciate your input but would you mind explaining more about your reasoning? I'm not quite sure I understand the reference you are making. Usually with Form Labels to Questions it is standard to label them capitalized to be formally appropriate.

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    Frank
    Answered on February 11, 2013 at 04:05 AM
    The illustration on the page shows up-case, d.g., First Name, but the recommendation below is sentence case, e.g., First name. It's up to the organization to determine its style, but the there's a discrepancy on the page. Thanks!
    Frank
    ps-i prefer sentence case but am not married to it.
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    EltonCris
    Answered on February 11, 2013 at 07:25 AM

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the correction, we greatly appreciate that. I have already rephrased that line to avoid confusion. "Sentence case" should be "title case".

    Thank you!

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    Frank
    Answered on February 14, 2013 at 09:19 AM
    Well,
    I don't think it necessarily should be title case. Sentence case is good. I think what happens is that many forms are made by developers or designers or other folks who aren't writers. IMHO, colons aren't necessary in forms, either. But, each organization should choose a style and stick with it. Thanks!
    Frank
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    Frank
    Answered on February 14, 2013 at 09:20 AM
    Glad to help. I'm truly sorry for that terse email yesterday. What I mean is that these things aren't set in stone-we have choices! I have a question: How do you handle required fields? I like to make all fields required, but use only those really necessary. I've seen too many forms cluttered up with asterisks. What do you think?
    Frank
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    EltonCris
    Answered on February 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Hi Frank,

    When you set the fields required, you have to fill it to be able to submit the form. Leaving it empty will prompt an error message. This is how the required validation works.

    Thanks!