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Problem ID: 1296017504669848742
Entered by: Ben Simo
Is there a problem here?  

Limit plus 69


If the limit is 500, why was I permitted to waste time and effort entering more data?

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3 Comments:

March 8, 2009 at 8:31 AM  
Comment ID: 8737266208601556531
Written by: Sammy Larbi

If the limit was clear before hand, I vote for allowing the extra characters to be entered. I get annoyed when they limit it, because I'd rather type out what I have to say so I can see where I can modify it, as opposed to trying to get it right without having it all there.

March 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Comment ID: 1798596558531347413
Written by: Ben Simo

As I remember, the limit was not disclosed before I entered text.

Allowing some extra characters at entry time makes sense. It does give the user freedom to edit their text. Maybe allowing a little over and some Javascript code that shows the number of characters used or remaining would allow some wiggle room and sufficient warning without waiting until the entire form is submitted.

March 8, 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Comment ID: 1629232337708698099
Written by: jaffamonkey

Sometimes having a longer field, with more user help, would be make sense. as long as it is obvious what characters left are remaining, and at what point in text it is overrunning. But also, this could compromise design. Its a fine balance.

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