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Forms Usability, Password Privacy and Security  

:: Monday, April 18, 2005 ::

Ever wonder why some forms put in the little **** when you enter your password? Or why some forms demand that the password be entered twice?

Ben Hunt, of Web Design From Scratch leads off a rollicking, and insightful discussion in Questioning the point of password-type fields

"The *problem* with [********] inputs is that it keeps the password secret from the person who's trying to *type* the password!

Any why oh why do we have this convention of making people type in their password twice, blind? It's *their* password, after all, not the site's.

What happens if I've got Caps Lock on by accident? What happens if I've got NumLock set on my laptop keyboard? It doesn't matter how many times I type it in, or how carefully I do it, it could still be different to what I think I've just typed, surely."

Another form that's known to cause loss of sleep is the search form for your web site. There are many design possibilities and scenerios. You may get some ideas in Help picking most usable searchbox

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How well do you know AskJeeves? Barry Schwartz (aka Rustybrick) tells the history on this search engine company that's muscling rubbing elbows with Google and Yahoo! in Ask Jeeves SEM Time Line of Events

:: posted by Kim Krause Berg on 4/18/2005 11:46:00 AM

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