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    To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    I've been looking everywhere and I find different answers. What are people's opinions on to bold field labels or to keep them regular text? Would you bold input fields and keep display fields as regular, or be consistent one way or another?

    I'm finding mixed reviews with the research based stuff leaning towards to not bold.

    Any thoughts and comments would be appreciated!
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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    Not bold.

    Excess boldage is a distraction.
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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    My opinion based purely on personal preference is that words should only be bolded in special circumstances. For example, maybe a field could be bolded if you submitted a form and the data for a field was invalid - then the field heading could be bold.

    Bolding all objects of a certain type isn't really "bolding" them because they all have equal weight then. All you've really done is changed the font and removed the option of bolding.

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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    My opinion is not to bold. Why push the users to think.
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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    Farshk-
    How does bolding 'push the users to think'? That's actually what bolding input field does, is bring their attention to what fields need to have input.

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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    Hi.

    IMHO don't bold.

    We do bold only particular information data that are especially important to the user (such as expiring date for a credit card). Not fields.

    Best regards,

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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

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    Not bold.

    Excess boldage is a distraction.

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    This is exactly what bold is designed to do. So think of it objectively and bold things that you want to draw the eye to. Don't bold field text, but headers are fine. Don't bold content, bold labels.

    Bold should be used to guide the eye and allow a user to quickly access the information they are looking for on the page. Use it with that in mind.
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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    Brent - Yes, You hit it on the nose! So are you saying in your opinion it would be okay to bold all field labels?

    That was my question....

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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    Field labels are not that important, don't bold them. Save bold for when you need to bring attention to something important only.

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    Re: To Bold or Not to Bold - That is the question

    Both Brent and Sherilyn comments are meaningful.

 

 
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