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Module 4: Checkpoint 26—Placement of error messages

Conformance: Desirable

Requirements

Input error messages should appear near the relevant form control.

Benefits of conformance

  • Increased error recovery rates.

Risks of non-conformance

  • Increased cognitive load required to locate fields with errors.

Implementation advice

More information

Forms should display inline error messages to support user correction.

Note: 'Inline' does not mean 'aligned' with the form control, it means near the control, in addition to errors that appear in a summary block or list above the form controls.

Advised implementation: Inline error messages highlight which control requires correction.

Advised implementation: Inline error messages highlight which control requires correction.