Mobile Apps - Simplify your forms

Document created by Champion on May 21, 2014Last modified by Champion on May 21, 2014
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Smartphones and tablets cannot offer the full experience of a desktop computer to your users, so sophisticated forms may not render as nicely on a smaller screen. As such, you should take the opportunity to optimize and simplify forms that are expected to be accessed from a mobile device.


Try to add value to the mobile experience by asking yourself questions such as:


  • What is absolutely essential to submit when you're on the move?
  • What's the best way to represent the form and information?
  • Is it clear enough without too much explanation (i.e. reduced screen size may limit users' ability to enter full-length explanations and descriptions of form fields)


Best Practices


Replace unsupported controls with a single line text.

For instance, the People control, which looks at the SharePoint user base and allows the selection of an individual, is not supported on mobile forms. In order to preserve the users' ability to enter the information, insert a Single Line textbox instead.


Do not add images to the mobile form, or specify background color.

Keep your mobile forms lean and mean, the smaller, the better. This results in quicker download times on a mobile device when connectivity is poor. Nintex Mobile will automatically optimize the layout and formatting of the form for the specific mobile platform.


Use a Yes/No control instead of a Choice control with radio buttons

When you require an either/or answer. Mobile devices render this type of control with a simple switch most users are familiar with, and the overall size of the form definition is smaller, which reduces download time on a mobile device.


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