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Designing the perfect textarea

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On multiple projects now I've been involved with textarea limits, a max character/word limit. I've solved it in similar ways (having a counter at bottom right) but each time I think more about the design. For instance, I now believe it is best practise to allow over-typing (where you can type more than the max limit but cannot submit) as it allows time for editing etc. How should this be shown, a red counter? Maybe a background behind the overtyped text?

Lots of ways, around a seemingly trivial UI.


Suggested by: Shane Hudson

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