widget and menu behavior where hover or click shows contents immediately below.

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Why is it impossible to deselect HTML “radio” inputs?

In HTML, there are currently two types of "checkbox" style controls: Checkbox: Allows toggling on/off, multiple values can be selected Radio: Only one value in a group may be selected, does not ...
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jQuery AutoSuggest or Dropdown for Data Input

We are working on an improvement to a project that requires users to enter their state, city, and street to get a result back based off what they entered. The current model asks users to freeform type ...
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Default gender, “Male” or “Female”

Should our default gender when selecting male/female on the dropdown list be based on the local sex ratio (if a country have more female than male then female is the default value)?
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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Drop down consistency needed on navigation on site header?

I am building a website which has a horizontal navigation in the header. Only some of the top level menu items sub-pages, so there are only drop downs on a few of the navigation options. I didn't ...
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Is it ok to use drop-down menus in Mobile Website?

Is it ok to use drop-down menus in a Mobile Website which opens on clicking? Like http://ux.stackexchange.com
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A workable tag auto-suggestion design for mobile devices

Over at Stack Exchange we (fairly) recently rolled out a mobile design for all of our sites. This was definitely a 1.0 attempt, and while I think it's a huge improvement over what we had (which was ...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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Progressively Filtering Options

I am modelling a selection from a product matrix. The customer envisions this as a series of dropdowns which progressively filter what is available in a subsequent dropdown. So for example the first ...
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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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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?
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What does the user want to do to see a menu? Press a button? Hover?

EDIT: Thank you everybody for your answers and opinions. Just what I needed and was looking for. I wish I could accept every answer. I have a huge, unwieldy page that's just a deep, wide table. User ...
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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 ...
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When are drop-down menus really necessary?

I always find myself with customers who want drop-down menus because 'they are used to them'. So I started to wonder: When are drop-down menus actually necessary?
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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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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 ...
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Examples / best practices for dropdown menus with checkboxes [closed]

I'm looking for websites with good examples of a dropdown with checkboxes. I know that the gmail labels menu is one, but I'd like to see some more. General best practices are also very welcome. Is ...
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Alternatives to cascading drop down interfaces

Our development team needs to create an interface to select a vehicle. First the user will select the Year, then the Make, then the Model, and finally an Engine. The valid choices for each choice will ...
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What ways can I present sorting options for individual drop downs in a web app?

Say I have a drop down with a full employee name and an ID, comma delimited... Some users may want to sort the values in this dropdown differently, in this example we'll say they may want to sort ...
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Best practice: dropdown selection with associated settings.

We have the following Dialog (see Screenshot) in our software, that I would like to improve. 1) The user should select a profile (screenshot: dropdownbox on the left) to use for the following ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?

Some web sites have a country dropdownlist where USA and Canada are listed at the top of the list (as well in their normal positions). I read once that this was insulting to non US/Canada users. The ...
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Why is there a convention on the web for dropdown menus on hover instead of on click?

This is something I've always wondered. On all major operating systems, application menus (File/Edit/View etc) only appear on click. However, nearly every web site that uses a drop-down menu ...
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2 row navigation vs. dropdowns

I've seen two different types of navigation bars when a site requires nested navigation, one where hovering over a link drops down an additional menu, and one where a second horizontal bar is ...