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. Do not use the label control to display the data (for example, in display-only forms).
There are two types of labels:
To indicate that a field is required, set the
required property to
true. An asterisk is then added automatically in front of the label.
For better differentiation of labels and values, labels are displayed differently in a display-only environment than in an editable environment.
Automatic wrap only applies to labels within forms to avoid truncation.
Do not use wrapping to enable long labels. Instead, keep your labels short: a label is not a help text. It must be meaningful, succinct, short, and descriptive.
- Always use a label for form controls.
- Use title case for labels.
- Do not use a placeholder (input prompt) instead of a label.
- Do not use bold labels.
- A label is not a help text: it must be meaningful, succinct, short, and descriptive.
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 (User Name and Password), the labels do not have to be used.
- When the form is extremely small and has fewer than three input fields. This can be the case for messages or small feedback forms.
- In search fields. For more information, see Search.