#Common number entry errors
People make form errors like:
entering sensitive information in the wrong field
typing letters instead of numbers
entering the wrong date and time
paying the wrong amount of money
When paying for something online, most forms capture card details out of order, so errors occur when people enter information using a credit card in the wrong form fields.
A report on checkout UX showed that:
people are likely to enter information in the order they appear printed on the physical card
a third of users typed their full credit card number in the cardholder name field, because it was the first form field
a third of sites don’t match the credit card field sequence to the physical card sequence
people make the most errors entering the long credit card number, which is usually 16 numbers long
checking a 16 digit number for errors is difficult
half of the sites incorrectly format the expiry date field
At a minimum, you should match the credit card field sequence to the physical card, usually the card number, expiry date, name and security code.
Nowadays, most browsers have an autofill feature. Autocomplete is simple, clear and built into HTML5, so you should add it to your form.
#Don’t time people out
Authentication apps and countdown timers help keep your accounts and passwords secure, but they could cause harm to people who need help with numbers.
Authentication apps give people seconds to remember a number. Some people need more time to remember, write down or input the number. So, they are often timed out and sometimes locked out of accounts.
Some neurodiverse people experience time blindness which means they can’t accurately assess how long a task will take or tell how much time has passed since starting something.
Bottom line, authentication is inaccessible if you:
have disabilities that make it hard to switch between applications and fill out forms
have autism, ADHD and dyscalculia and experience time blindness
have poor network or wi-fi access
#Write clear error messages
Error messages tell people why they can’t move forward. Error messages should be:
easy to read and understand
People who struggle with numbers might make errors when:
paying for something
entering an address
planning a journey
arranging an appointment
picking a date or time
You can help people recover from errors calmly and kindly. Check out: