Optional input labels

13 June 2007   1 comment   Web development

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Optional input labels Today I was working on an popup input box (actually 3 input boxes) that asks the user to enter a project, a vendor or a category. The first box looks like this:

Project name: __________________________

The second looks like this:

...accounts code (optional): __________________________

I'm wondering, what's the most user friendly way of displaying that label. Is it:

...accounts code: (optional)

or is it:

...accounts code (optional):


IMO, because little red asterisks normally go after the field:

project name: [__________] (required)
accounts code: [__________] (optional)

But isn't putting each field on a separate page a bit clunky for the user?

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