Field positioning

Generally, position fields vertically so that they left-aligned. To avoid overwriting from one field into another the keep the vertical distance to a minimum of 3mm. Similarly, keep the horizontal distance to a minimum of 5mm.

Figure 1. Ideal field distances
image showing ideal field measurements on a form

Print labels and lead text with enough space so that hand printed information can exceed the field boundaries without overlapping them. Do not print leading text inside a field.

It is recommended to group fields by subject and to label and mark them together. For example, group address fields with a frame and a title that makes it clear that these fields are meant to be used together.

Figure 2. Grouped address fields
Grouped fields

  • Minimum vertical distance of 3mm

  • Minimum horizontal distance of 5mm

  • Group fields when appropriate