Sunday, January 4, 2009

Label Tags (or Lack Thereof)

One of my biggest pet peeves is when sites don't use label tags, especially around radio buttons. How much does this bother me? I actually emailed my bank's support email address about adding label tags to their "Make a Payment" page. So far, nothing has changed.

Why force a user to click the small circle when they could click the text instead? It's such a quick and simple thing to do and yet can make a page so much easier to use. There's really no reason to not use label tags other than developer laziness.


  1. Completely agree. Doesn't pose as much of a problem with larger inputs, but with radios and checkboxes it makes life so much easier.

  2. I believe a strong case can be made for developer ignorance. If all developers were generally aware of the label tag and its importance, few would purposely exclude it from their work.