Wednesday, May 5, 2010

iPadCTO Advises Against iPad Forms

Bill French, at, argues that the iPad is not the place for a user interface with a paper forms metaphor.  Instead, he suggests that a wizard is the way to go.

Have you ever encountered a form on your iPad (or any mobile device for that matter) and thought – [sigh], another fricken’ form. Forms are the equivalent of mobile computing’s Waterloo. There’s no better way to kill excitement in a mobile workforce than by presenting a form that looks like this.

Process-centric wizards are far more useful for two key reasons; (i) they avoid giving users the overwhelming feeling they have 20 fields to fill in, and (ii), they make it possible to avoid steps based on contextual answers. A wizard is no different than a smart app designed to streamline a specific process. Consider this – a mobile time and billing process for a CTO is (at its core) a database management problem, but for the mobile consultant and her manager, it’s a process problem.

See Bill's full article.


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