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Choosing form elements

Sarah Miller and Caroline Jarrett present a four-step process for choosing form elements. Here are some of their guidelines:

- Avoid using drop-downs for navigation
- If it is more natural for the user to type the answer rather than select it, use type-in boxes
- If the answers are easily mis-typed, use radio buttons, check boxes, or drop-downs
- If the user needs to review the options to understand the question, donít use drop-downs
- If there are very few options (4 or less), use radio buttons or check boxes - if there are less than 30, use drop-downs
- If the user is allowed to select more than one option, use check boxes
- Keep options visually distinctive or consider a type-in box in preference to a list
- Avoid too many different input methods

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Henrik Olsen - May 09, 2004

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