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First off, I am quite pleased to see that Stack Exchange is now an OpenID provider. I see this as a very good thing for not only Stack Exchange but also the sites that will now be inspired to add OpenID support.

I decided to give it a spin, so I went here:

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Unfortunately, I couldn't help but notice that there were no labels next to the form (which is certainly recommended). Although clear to me, some people may have trouble figuring out what "John Smith" means. (Indeed, I thought it was tradition to use "John Doe" in place of an actual name.)

Would it be possible to put form labels next to the input elements?

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You are setting the bar way too high for annotated screenshots. –  Rick Sladkey May 29 '11 at 7:00
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"John Doe" is more USA, "John Smith" is more English... no idea about other English speaking countries. –  Richard May 29 '11 at 7:12
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John Smith needs to choose a stronger password. –  user27414 May 29 '11 at 9:00

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No. We want the form to be as simple as possible, and the "labels" are already overlaid on the fields.

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Examples are not labels. And would these even work for someone who is visually impaired? –  user27414 May 29 '11 at 9:12
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"Email address", "Name" would be labels. –  user157130 May 29 '11 at 10:08
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I'm really surprised at this answer. Are you planning to change all the other forms on the entire website to match this model? Can we just admit this is the way it is because it's how it went through development and testing? There's nothing wrong with that. Now that it's in production, it needs a bit of polishing. –  Jon Seigel May 29 '11 at 15:47
    
I think the push for usability (including <label for semantics) is the only useful argument that can be made. Otherwise everyone here is arguing that we should help the sort of users we don't want to stick around. I for one +1 this answer. –  jcolebrand May 29 '11 at 17:24
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How well does the form works with "jaws" and other screan readers –  Ian Ringrose May 29 '11 at 19:08
    
@jcole: That's exactly what I'm saying (using <label> for semantics). –  uɐɯsO uɐɥʇɐN May 29 '11 at 20:15
    
@IanRingrose yeah, screen readers is part of what I meant wrt usability. –  jcolebrand May 29 '11 at 20:28
    
@jcole I suppose we can have hidden <label> elements for screen readers, if necessary. –  Jeff Atwood May 31 '11 at 6:54
    
@Jeff that is the only reason I see to change it personally. I personally hold your position. –  jcolebrand May 31 '11 at 13:32

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