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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 202701, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/202701
Research Article

Working towards Usable Forms on the World Wide Web: Optimizing Date Entry Input Fields

Department of Psychology, Center for Cognitive Psychology and Methodology, University of Basel, 4055 Basel, Switzerland

Received 15 February 2010; Revised 13 May 2011; Accepted 7 June 2011

Academic Editor: Armando Bennet Barreto

Copyright © 2011 Javier A. Bargas-Avila et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

When an interactive form in the world wide web requires users to fill in exact dates, this can be implemented in several ways. This paper discusses an empirical online study with n = 172 participants which compared six different versions to design input fields for date entries. The results revealed that using a drop-down menu is best when format errors must be avoided, whereas using only one input field and placing the format requirements left or inside the text box led to faster completion time and higher user satisfaction.