Don’t Put Reset Buttons on Forms

January 7, 2009

The student volunteer application form for ICSE 2009 contains seventeen form fields. At the bottom, you find this:

reset-button

Why would anyone want to clear out seventeen fields worth of information?

There’s no reason. 

But someone might miss “Send” and click “Reset” instead.

It just so happens that HTML makes it easy to put in Reset buttons. Lots of people do, just because. It’s a bad reason. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

As it turns out, Jakob Nielsen, user interface expert extraordinaire, agrees.

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