Updated: December 19, 2016




A label is the name or title of a control or group of related controls.


Use the label control if:

  • You need a label for a control. We recommend that you always use labels for form controls.

Do not use the label control if:

  • You want to insert a heading in the column header of a table.
  • You want to use it as an alternative for the text control, such as in display-only forms; do not use the label to display the data.


Required Labels

To indicate that a field is mandatory, you can set the property “required”. An asterisk will be automatically set in front of the label.

Note: A colon is automatically set in front of the label when used in forms.

Mandatory label in a form
Mandatory label in a form


  • Always use a label for form controls.
  • Use title case for labels.
  • Do not use a placeholder (input prompt) as a replacement for the label.
  • If a label is used within a form, the colon is set automatically; otherwise, you need to set it manually.
  • Do not use bold labels.


The layout can sometimes be simplified by using a placeholder instead of the label control. This exception can be applied in the following cases:

  • When the form pattern is easily understood, such as on a login screen. Since this screen consists of only two input controls (username and password), the labels do not have to be used.
  • When the form is extremely small and has fewer than three input fields, such as in messaging and small feedback forms.
  • In search fields. For more information, see search.


Want to dive deeper? Follow the links below to find out more about related controls, the SAPUI5 implementation, and the visual design.

Elements and Controls