As enablers of online conversations between businesses and customers, Web forms are often responsible for gathering critical information—email addresses for continued communications, mailing addresses for product shipments, and billing information for payment processing to name just a few. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that one of the most common questions I get asked about Web form design is: “How do I deal with international addresses?”
But before we get into the nuances of address variations, it’s worth pointing out that addresses have a commonly understood structure. Through years of experience with mailing and postal systems, people have a pretty concrete idea of what constitutes an address block. This common understanding is so definitive that eyetracking data suggests, once people begin filling in a set of input fields that make up an address, they often cease looking at their labels. The basic structure of an address is so familiar, people don’t need the guidance labels provide. Read More
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Immigrant Web users comprise a huge demographic for User Experience. According to the United Nations, there are more than 230 million immigrants worldwide—more people than the entire population of Brazil—and according to the United Nations International Migration Report 2013, the numbers are projected to increase in the 21st century.
Mobiles phones and the Internet help immigrants to maintain ties to their homeland. As a result, immigrants develop a high degree of cultural and technological awareness. Many identify with multiple cultures at once: the new culture, their homeland, and a third, hybrid identity that is shaped by the technological connectivity between cultures. As immigrants navigate multiple societies, they find that they practice the customs and language of their culture of origin primarily, if not exclusively, in specific situations and among certain people. Read More