RE: Boxed input Vs. lined input

Hi Jake, we briefly discussed this on the low vision call and found via unofficial anecdotal observation that the lined input actually worked for a number of us when it also contained some additional shading of the box itself even though the border of the shading was not 3:1 contrast.  Personally I found the flat boxed input without shadow from material design was confusing as the input to me looked like buttons because the labels are within the box.  Adding a little depth with the line and shading of the box help me personally.  The traditional method works for me as well.  We did not look at the method in a situation like high contrast mode where the shading is lost and only a line is present.  I have run into situations where only a line is present and that for me tends to be less beneficial to me.  This is an important topic and one that I believe would affect users with low vision and other groups as well such as some users with cognitive and learning disabilities.  I really benefit from clues that give things affordances.  Lack of affordance means the user is less sure what will happen when they interact with it.


From: Abma, J.D. (Jake) <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 1:34 PM
Subject: Boxed input Vs. lined input

Hi All,

Does anyone knows of any research / test results for the accessibility / usability for the boxed input Vs. lined input?
This question pops up regularly last years and I can't seem to find proper resources.

The boxed input is the "old school" global convention one and the lines input the "material Design / Google one.

​Thanks in advance,



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