10 Tips for Creating Top-Notch Web Forms

By Joan Honig, DocuWare – Web forms offer a user-friendly way to collect accurate data. You can be sure the data right because you’ve shifted data entry to the information source. A requesting department member, employee, customer or vendor who has the knowledge to enter the correct information completes the web form. Process owners can then receive a notification when a form has been submitted and have visibility into automated workflows that put the data to work and kick off the next step in the process.

Web forms eliminate:

  • Time spent filing and retrieving paper forms
  • Manual data entry
  • The challenge of deciphering handwriting
  • Processes being slowed down by forms being held at an employee’s desk
  • Lack of visibility into business processes
  • Difficulty effectively capturing and sharing information with a mobile/remote workforce

Web forms can validate your data. There is built in intelligence to control actions and direct form completion based on the data a user enters. If you answer “yes” to a question, the form gives you more details. If you answer “no,” the conditional fields do not clutter screen real estate. You can also attach supporting documentation to the form.


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