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Provide examples and guidance and notes at the point of need. Have you ever got half-way through a form and suddenly come to a question that asks you about something you don't understand or have no idea about where to find the answer? It's even more infuriating if the question says something like 'See our Guidance notes, page 6, paragraph 2'. When filling in your forms people want the information they need there and then. Put yourself in the form user's position and think about which questions they might have a problem with. Provide examples of the sorts of answers you are looking for, and where appropriate, provide guidance notes as near as possible to the question they relate to (i.e. in the actual form).
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So what do you do, for example, if you need to start sending an invoice to collect from your first few clients? The obvious answer is to make one from scratch, or to hire a printer to produce one for you. What if of these two are an option, either because you don't know how an invoice looks like or you have no sufficient funds to outsource it to a printer and have it produced by bulk?
Use appropriate response mechanisms. Paper forms have the disadvantage that users can miss, or simply disregard, an instruction. For example, 'only tick/check one box' from a list of 15 or 20 options. In this context interactive forms can be programmed so that the user can only tick/check one (known as a 'radio button' as distinct from 'check-boxes'), or presented with the options in a drop-down menu from which the user can only select one. When designing forms make sure the response mechanism is appropriate to each question.
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