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Google Makes it Easier for Users to Fill Out Forms on Mobile Devices

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Today, Google announced an enhancement to its autocomplete attribute in Chrome that will ultimately make it easier, and faster, for users to fill out forms on mobile devices.

It’s important to note that this isn’t some kind of default feature that Chrome automatically applies to all sites, it’s up to each individual site owner to make sure their forms are marked up with the autocomplete attribute

If the filling out forms is something you’re driving users to do, whether to complete purchases or sign up for free offers, it’s a good idea to have the autocomplete attribute in place. In fact, Google goes out of its way to encourage it:

“Making websites friendly and easy to browse for users on mobile devices is very important. We hope to see many forms marked up with the “autocomplete” attribute in the future.”

Using autocomplete attribution you can label input element fields with common data types, such as ‘name’ or ‘street-address’, without changing anything else about the site.

This means when each field is marked up according to the type of data being entered it in, Chrome will know exactly what to auto-fill-in when a user taps on the field on their mobile device. According to Google, using autocomplete attributes on forms has increased the rate of completions for numerous site owners.

Google has kindly provided a sample form for you to see what the markup code looks like. Just go to this page and view the source to see how each field is coded,

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Matt Southern

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