Tom Tullis & Marisa Siegel
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting Proceedings 54(6):620-623 · September 2010
Publication year: 2010

This study examined seven methods for date entry on the web, including text input, selection using dropdown menus or radio buttons, and combination approaches. The focus was on the entry of dates that may be many years in the past, such as a date of birth. A total of 776 participants, randomly assigned to one of the seven methods, each entered ten dates in an online study. Speed and accuracy were measured, and subjective ratings of task ease were collected. The methods with three separate text-entry fields for month, day, and year, either with or without auto-tab, were the fastest and received the highest task ease ratings. However, they also had the highest error rates. Three separate dropdowns for month, day, and year yielded the lowest error rate. The implications of these results for the design of web forms are discussed.

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