W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > January to March 2004

Re: reset buttons in forms - useful or not?

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 11:00:15 +0100
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c410bd$a412b7d0$440bc650@tversdata>

As a rule of thumb the reset button should never be present. It is
almost never of any use, and most often just potential harmful as you
rightly say. Joe Clark is telling us the same thing in his book Building
Accessible Websites, page 281: "Reset buttons are a miserable idea...I
have never once found a Reset button that truly needed to be there."

There could be exceptions, but I don't know of any.


-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
Fra: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] På
vegne af Scarlett Julian (ED)
Sendt: 23. marts 2004 10:17
Til: 'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'
Emne: reset buttons in forms - useful or not?

Hi all,

just a thought but how useful are reset buttons in forms? It strikes me
that to give the user an opportunity to accidentally wipe out all the
info they have just typed in may not be the best idea in the world. Is
the type attribute of "reset" considered to be enough warning for users
not to accidentally choose it? 

Also, I have seen several instances of the reset button being located
before the submit button (both in layout and mark-up flow) which causes
momentary uncertainty in my mind so how it's perceived by users with
cognitive difficulties is maybe a real concern.

Any views?


Julian Scarlett
Education Web Officer
Floor 6, Derwent House
150, Arundel Gate
Sheffield S1 2JY

tel: 0114 2735612

The information in this email is confidential. The contents may not be
disclosed or used by anyone other than the addressee.  If you are not
the addressee, please tell us by using the reply facility in your email
software as soon as possible. Sheffield City Council cannot accept any
responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this message as it
has been transmitted over a public network.  If you suspect that the
message may have been intercepted or amended please tell us as soon as
Received on Tuesday, 23 March 2004 04:52:12 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21:27 UTC