2
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3answers
108 views

Should dropdown background color be same as other (text) inputs on a form?

Today I noticed one really annoying thing in a new layout from a designer. In the new design, all dropdowns had much darker background than other text inputs. For one, the contrast was quite poor, ...
4
votes
7answers
385 views

What are alternatives to a large drop down select list?

I am adding a single selection drop down containing a list of all countries (around 200+ items). In Windows it works fine as it displays 10-15 countries at a time and the scroll bar shows up. On the ...
4
votes
3answers
601 views

Using radio buttons or drop down list when the number of options can vary greatly

I am designing a web application which consists of several modules, and for some of these modules the user must be able to select how many/which sources of data to display in the module. I had ...
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3answers
89 views

Dynamic Form Inputs - Hidden? Hidsb

I'm working on a responsive site where the lead gen form that needs users to select a store location (this is required by internal system), first name, last name, phone, email, and how they heard ...
2
votes
2answers
275 views

How to simplify six cascading dropdowns

Please suggest me how I would able to simplify selection of vehicle by six parameters: Manufacturer, Year, Model, Transmission, Engine, Drive. Currently we are using six cascading dropdowns aligned ...
5
votes
1answer
225 views

Long select dropdowns

I'm working on a responsive landing page where users arrive after clicking on online ad. On the form, users need to select a location (105 possible) at which they would like their service. ...
17
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3answers
1k views

Most intuitive multi-select component for the web

My target audience are users that are not familiar so much with computers so i try to simplify the UI elements in use as much as possible. For instance I try to avoid drop down menus and use big ...
1
vote
1answer
267 views

Is a multiselect (with a few exposed options) always better than a drop down menu?

Consider the two inputs below: Ignoring the poor label placement for a moment... It seems to me that in many cases, either of these inputs could perform the same function. Do either of these ...
2
votes
2answers
275 views

Drop down list for unknown number of items (can be thousands)

I have a form in which the user has to select an item from a (possibly) long list. The user may or may not know what text to search for so auto-complete is not an option (may be just complementary). ...
3
votes
1answer
543 views

Good web-form dropdown alternative for unfamiliar fields?

In general, I try to limit use of dropdowns to lists of no more than ~15 or so options. For larger lists with options the user is familiar with, I tend to favor autocomplete text inputs. However, ...
0
votes
2answers
533 views

Any alternative text labels for a “Race/Ethnicity” dropdown? [closed]

The phrase 'Race/Ethnicity' or "Race/Ethnic Origin" is used throughout various data reporting. It just looks so odd with a '/' slash. Any alternatives? Here are a few examples of the slash in 'real ...
2
votes
2answers
442 views

What is the best way to indicate required fields in a deep, category dropdown menu?

We have a UX situation in an enterprise site for a very large customer that has a very deep product list for a support site. We need to indicate that the product field is required, but deeply nested. ...
28
votes
17answers
983 views

All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form

I have a website with a form users fill out to create an account. Following advice from this forum and other places I am asking for only the minimum required information to create an account, i.e., ...
6
votes
6answers
864 views

Drop-down field with only one value

If there's a form that requires a user to select, let's say, one of the email addresses he/she has on file in his account, would it be bad practice to make that menu item a drop-down regardless of how ...
13
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5answers
4k views

How many items in a web form drop down is too many?

A colleague and I were discussing usability and drop downs and we wanted to know: Is there a best practice or rule-of-thumb for how many items in a web form drop down (select) is too many? At what ...
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6answers
10k views

What should be the default option of a required dropdown list?

Given that there is no logically default animal from the list of animals below, what should be the "Default Value" below, according to best practice? <label for="animal">Animal ...
6
votes
4answers
424 views

How to handle inter-related dropdown choices?

I've got a form containing (among other things) 3 dropdowns, each with about 5-10 choices. The choices in these dropdowns are closely related and some of the permutations will be invalid. This also ...
12
votes
3answers
559 views

FORMS: When to use dropdowns, and when to use dynamic lists?

Interesting that I couldn't find a discussion of this already. When should we use dropdown selects, and when should we use dynamic lists (updated as you type) in web forms? My opinion: Dropdowns ...