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Preferences and settings

Write labels in the affirmative

Section titled Write labels in the affirmative

Preferences and settings should always be written in the affirmative—even if the preference is meant to disable a feature. When a user checks a feature preference, they should be getting that feature.

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Descriptions are optional and can supplement a label in a few ways:

  • Further define a label
  • Explain how the input will be used
  • Show an example a valid input

Avoid using tooltips.

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Don’t rely on placeholder text

Section titled Don’t rely on placeholder text

Placeholder text can be used to show an example of a valid input.

Placeholder text disappears once a character is typed in the input, so the user should be able to complete their task without placeholder text always visible.

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