A text input lets users enter a single line of text.
When to use
Use a text input:
- in a form, when the user needs to enter information that's unique and can’t be selected from a finite list
- when the information is known to the user (like their name, email address, IBAN or card number)
Don't use a text input:
- if you need users to enter text that may be more than a single line (use the text area instead)
- if you want to predetermine the information a user must enter, and the way they enter it (use specific input components instead, like phone number input, date input or password input)
- Hide the text by default — users can choose to show the content of the field with the built-in action if they want to.
- Only use the information message if you have evidence that users need more context.
Label copy should:
be no more than 3 words
be a noun that describes the information the user needs to enter (and not a verb)
Information message (optional)
Information message copy should:
be a single sentence
give some extra context to help the user enter the right information
Placeholders are not supported in most of our components, since (according to our research):
people may confuse the content with real values
lack of contrast make them usually difficult to read
they are often used with dummy values, so aren’t helpful to our users
Information messages offer a good alternative when you need to provide help on how to fill an input.