Call me a perfectionist, but I live and breathe for white space. There’s very few things that give me designer anxiety than too much clutter and noise in contact forms and questionnaires.
Which is why, in Dubsado I used to avoid in-line fields whenever possible and using dropdown fields. See, the problem with this workaround is that it isn’t a workaround at all. Users can only select one option in the field. That is fine if you want to replace the radio options (only allowing your users to choose one item from multiple options), but not for checkboxes.
Before adding padding to fields
As you can see, there’s absolutely no padding between the field label and the first checkbox. Even pressing the space key several times, the field will revert back to the absence of padding.
This isn’t a reason to run out on on Dubsado, because no system is 100% perfect for every single user. Thousands of Dubsado users — and their clients — won’t even care about this. But as a designer (cough, neat freak), I care and this fix works perfectly. If you’re like me, stick around to get your fix!
Now, some readers will probably think I’m overreacting more than just a little bit. But, if you find this kicks in your “Designer OCD” (it may not be a medically diagnosed condition, but it exists! Just ask your designer friends.) then I have a solution that I’d like to share with you.
After adding padding to fields
So how are we going to tidy up the form? Without an ounce of CSS, I’m going to show you how to add padding to the right of the field label to add a bit of breathing space to your fields.
Copy the space in between the brackets below
Head over to your Dubsado account and open up the form you want to edit (or create a new one). Edit or create a new checkbox or radio field (the radio field is labelled as a yes/no answer field).
At the end of your field label, paste the invisible space without brackets. In the preview, you will see your field options shift to the right, adding all that lovely white space.
So there you have it, three easy steps to a breathable and tidy Dubsado form! If you used this Dubsado hack, let me know in the comments below. Oh, and be sure to pin or bookmark this Dubsado tip for later.