Smart forms – first name, lastname

When building a form, it is advisable to make the form as short as possible, by reducing the number of questions asked in an attempt to reduce the number of dropouts. Recently when filling in a form I came across an example where only one form field was used to ask me my full name. In an attempt to speed through the form I entered only my first name.


I’m guessing that because i didn’t have a space in my name, the website was coded to give me an error message as that was an indication that I had only entered one name. It was the first time I’d seen this used online, and it was pretty smart….

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It would’ve been great if the field label was outside of the input field, so that I could keep a track of what I had filled in.

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