a list that appears under an item when a user hover or clicks on it.

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How to handle “consistency” when the meaning of the word isn't…consistent?

We are currently beta testing a new top bar design on meta for the Stack Exchange network. There is an ongoing discussion about "consistency" and the top bar behavior when one clicks on an element. ...
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When should I use a select box instead of radio buttons?

I know that a select box takes up less space and is good for lots of options. But should there be any deeper influences to my choice than space? Are there any studies that show users preferring one or ...
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Should I use a dropdown with only one item if in future this control might have more options?

We have a drop down selection that will only have 1 option. In the future this drop down may expand for some and not for others. Would it be better to develop it now as a drop down knowing that this ...
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Hierarchical multi-state tree check box selection

I'm searching for a good/alternative solution to handle multi-state selections in a check box tree. A normal check box tree is mostly doable, because it has three different states. It might not be ...
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What do you put in a country list for countries with more than one common name?

I'm from England, which means in drop-down lists I have to search for United Kingdom, then England, then Great Britain... it's generally the UK, but it does vary from site to site. What is the best ...
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Navigation menu with only one drop-down child — intuitive or not?

Here is a website's main navigation: Having sub-navigation on-click is pretty common and irreplaceable: But as a user and designer, I have struggled with the case where there is only one child ...
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Drop down menu with language choice, what should the languages language be?

I hope the title is not confusing. I am talking about the (so common) drop down menu (doesn't have to be a drop down) where you choose the language. Something like this: As you can see this gives ...
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Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists

Are there any standard keyboard shortcuts for making drop down lists appear? (in any kind of software, not just web based.) I'm going to write some JavaScript to make the drop down lists (select and ...
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Where did combo box/drop-down lists come from?

Where did the design of combo box or drop-down lists come from? Radio buttons can be used similarly, and also have a real-world analogy without computers (those fill-circle-with-HB-pencil papers). A ...
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Store Locator - State and/or postcode?

I'm designing a website, which has store locator functionality. I live in Australia, which has 7 states. Some users may not know their postcode by heart, and may find it easier to just select their ...
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How to best display a long list of check boxes

In my application users are required to select from a drop down, a list of projects they wish to include in their custom search. The easy part is that users can select one project to filter on or ...
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Selecting items for different categories in a dropdown

I have a dropdown box that I can use to select a device in the following manner: When the user selects a device, they are taken to a Device Homepage. The device homepage contains information about ...
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A cross between a DropDownList and AutoComplete Text Box

I am trying to come up with an web interface that allows the addition of an item to a list. For simplicity I'll use an example of a list of names which, when selected will be assigned to a club/group. ...
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How to improve the usability for dynamically populated drop downs?

I am working on an application for a client which has a "unique user interface" in which I want to improve. Currently, when the user comes to this web page, there's only one drop down shown for ...
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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in ...
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Pros & Cons? - Single dropdown VS double dropdown VS multi level dropdown

I’m working on an application with some complex dropdowns which have selectable main categories and sub categories. Some dropdown lists could have up to 40 options - which is quite intimidating to new ...
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Links inside a dropdown

I'm wondering if links inside a dropdown provides a valid user experience, if it isn't part of the main navigation of the site. For a news website I'm trying to come up with a nice way for the ...
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Good user interface for multiple checkbox selection and a dropdown list (View/Editable mode)

I have a Dropdownlist and many Checkboxs. For any particular dropdown select value I will show all checkboxs and if their is already any database relation with that dropdown value I have set checkbox ...
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Best way to display a nav item with a single sub-page?

I am working on a nav which includes a page that has a single sub page like so: Home > Careers > Profile. If I want people to go to the overview or landing page first which has the majority of the ...
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What is the maximum recommended number of item to put in a drop down list?

I am introducing searchable drop down lists to filter grid data. The number of items in a list could range from anything like ten to a ten thousand. The larger the number of items, the more awkward ...
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Best wording of “blank” option for an optional select?

For <select> elements that require the user to select at least one option, basic wording for the "blank" option is fairly easy: "Select..." or something similar. However, for <select> ...
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A button with choices

I have list of buttons that can be pressed or unpressed individually (like checkbox functionality). Some of the buttons can also have some attributes (+ or -), but it's uncommon to select those ...
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Order of 'Country' and 'State' fields in Registration forms

Most registration forms seem to be to ask for the 'State' first and 'Country' after that, both being drop down lists. The 'State' list has the State names of USA by default, and this list is refreshed ...
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Alternatives to dropdown list when possible results are not known

For quite some time I've been looking around the web for alternatives to a dropdown list in assignment of data (i.e., during data capture that will be saved, NOT when searching for some data). One ...
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Drop down list, radio buttons or something else for a language selector (of two languages)?

We have only two languages in the system: Japanese and English and I personally think that Drop Down List is irrelevant for this type of input, while radio buttons might be easier. What do you ...
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Dropdown issues on Mac

One of the websites that we've been working on has a dropdown with <select> having multiple <option>s. In our Windows PC, the dropdown show only a number of items while on the client's ...
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Drop down list best practice/usability

We have a website with a large application containing several drop-down lists on several different pages of the app. They are not all the same - some are country selections, some are name, some are ...
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Best choice for three-state value?

In my application, the user can filter fields by selecting one of three possible values for each field: True False Both I currently have a drop-down box, but this requires two clicks while the ...
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Models of user interaction when dealing with selections from a looong list?

I'm a programmer working on a web project. We need the user to select one item from a given list of universities. It's a list of 100+ elements, and the frontend is XHTML/css/js. Here are the options ...
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Standard list of religions for dropdown menu [closed]

I am creating a form that will include a step about the person's religion, I have seen forms that contain a dropdown menu of religions, however I cannot find one which has a standard list of ...
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Address list following a postcode search, should a drop down list or radio buttons be used?

I'm working on a project at the moment using an OOTB solution. We have an address search facility where a user will neter there postcode, click 'search' and is then presented with a list of addresses. ...
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Dropdown option order best practices when not using alpha sorting

Looking for best practices on ordering dropdown options when using a logical sort vs an alphabetical sort. To keep this from being open ended, here are some specific cases: Chronological - i.e. ...
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Break up options in a drop down by scope

I'm working on a social application whose main component we'll call Object. On the Object view there is a drop down that can contain as many as 9 options. Some of these options impact only a single ...
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How to combine “Recent Items” with “Favourites”

In my application, I have a dialog featuring a drop down menu, an "action" button and a "browse" button. The Browse button pops up another dialog which allows users to select the item on which they ...
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How should I sort items in a drop down list?

I have a simple drop down list containing about 12 choices. The choices are not countries, states, or any other common set of items that users would be used to scanning alphabetically or by name. ...
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How to indicate a meta-option in a select list?

I have a list of options from which the user might select one option. This list might be long. An example would be to select a screen saver. You could select a screen saver or you could select to ...
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Combining text entry and drop down functionality

In a complex data entry app I am trying to minimise the amount of stuff on screen. So I considered combining text entry and drop down into a single element. So the user can either select from the ...
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Reaching single product page in one click from home page

My client wants users to reach single product pages with one click from the home page. They also want to display products' images already in home page. The problem is that the product list is huge ...
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Drop-Down List with two types of data? User choice of either

This is for a web based app. I currently have html select (drop-down list) where the user selects a widget. The list is currently sorted by a readable name for the widget, but I also want to allow for ...
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best practices for toggling persistence (“pinning”) of choices made by users?

What are best practices for UX that allows users to toggle whether a user's choice in a dropdown box in the chrome of a web app will persist across multiple pages and and multiple sessions? ...
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iPhone Dropdown Menu element

Designing mobile applications is something I find extremely interesting, but I have recently become more interested in the UI element of a drop down menu for IOS applications. It does seem to always ...
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What ways can I present an addtional field to combobox when user can't find item they looking for?

I have ComboBox and it has item inside user can select item they want, if they can't find item they can select first item (Not in this list) and input data in textbox (textbox will show if user select ...
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How to combine Suggestions with Filtering in a searchbox?

I got a textfield/combobox for typing a search string (or selecting a recent searchstring). The search results are presented in a list below the box. I also got a textfield for filtering the list. ...
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Should I warn that drop down filters are mandatory?

When dealing with various drop down list of options, with one acting as a filter to another and the last one being the desired option per se, it is more advisable to treat all drop downs as obligatory ...
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Large set of options in a dropdown

I'm trying to design a widget which is a dropdown single selection containing a very large set of data. Because there could be 2000 records in the dropdown. Loading them at once will make the system ...
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Adding items to dropdown list on-the-fly?

In certain locations in our application, users encounter dropdowns with a number of items, from which they can: Select a suitable value Add a value to the dropdown list if they don't find a suitable ...
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Best practice for a desktop version dropdown hover menu to work on mobile?

I'll give my example as it explains exactly what I mean. We have a store that on the main menu has a "Shop" link that when hovered over, will display a dropdown menu of categories and subcategories. ...
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Is there a common term for an editable/searchable drop down field?

What is the common name or design pattern for a UI element which is like a combobox but has the added facility of typing to refine the options returned in the drop down.
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How to make the options change for a recurrent button (such as add and locate)?

I am currently working on a new project for a financial trading and broking platform, where we are splitting the screen into 2 columns, one sidebar and one for content. The purpose of the sidebar is ...
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Drop down values: Percent complete. Not sure which format is best

I have a filter page that allows users to filter checklist items, based on their percentage of completion (0-100%). Initially was thinking of using these values as a range; Less Than 25% Less Than ...