Reading the topics about Required or Optionals indication is not really solving a problem I'm walking in to. Because the topic is closed, I'm making this new (2015) topic.
REQUIRED & OPTIONAL CASE:
Designing a User Interface template for an ERP system build on APEX (Oracle) for a large company in Europe. I need to place data in lists, tables and forms (see image below). Each of these have required and optional fields, but you can not say there are more required or optional fields.
I think the optional field are always less important, otherwise they should not be optional. I like to make the optional field visually less important or mark them so you know these are optional. I tried this (see image) but the client is not happy this this, because of losing the placeholder functionality.
How to make optional visually less important without:
- losing design and overview (table and forms)
- wrong interpretation (inactive or close fields)
- Something done with the label
Many thanks for your advice
Marcel @ Userflow Interaction Design