I was caught off guard today when I explained to a user how to fill in form fields on a form. The user said “What are form fields?” I pointed to the areas on the form, and the user replied, “I call those spaces or text boxes.”
His response made me wonder what others call the areas that are filled out in forms.
I’m not looking for the “developer” term; I’m looking for the “person filling out the form” term. For example, you need to fill out a registration form. What do you call the area where you enter your first name?
May 21, 2010 Update
Unfortunately Poll Everywhere isn’t displaying the poll correctly across all browsers, so I had to take the live poll down. Below is the image of the final poll. And the winner is “field” followed closely by the term “form field”.