I wish there was a con­sor­tium for set­ting stan­dards on form fields.

I fill out a lot of forms. As such, I assume that by now I can fill out a basic form ask­ing for con­tact infor­ma­ton and I should be able to use my browser’s auto-com­plete fea­tures. Yet, it doesn’t always hap­pen. And it doesn’t always hap­pen because devel­op­ers are assign­ing names to their fields that thwart this prac­tice.

For exam­ple, instead of assign­ing the name of “email” to an email field, they assign it the name of “session_key”.

Why can’t we just make things work for peo­ple?

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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