How do you show "required" fields in a form?

Jan 9, 2011 at 12:35 AM
Edited Jan 9, 2011 at 12:50 AM

This is a common problem in UI frameworks, "How should I indicate which fields on a form are required?"

So take for example the "http://www.mscui.net/DesignGuide/Pdfs/Design%20Guidance%20--%20Patient%20Identification%20Number%20Input%20and%20Display.pdf" guidance - if I wanted to show a Patient Identification Number Input field in a form, and it was a required field (but there were some other fields not required), how should I go about this?  Should I put an asterix in the label?  Possibly, but this might not be accessible to screen readers.

Is someone able to advise if there is a "built in" way to show required fields with the MSCUI controls, or if not, what might be the best way to implement this?

Cheers.