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An instruction like Please select does not really fit in well with declarative options. One could use Nothing selected instead, or something similar more applicable. One has to expect and accept that state being submitted, though. If you can’t do that sensibly, radio buttons are probably the wrong tool for the job. There is an article at Nielsen Norman ...


I'd recommend the same what others have already mentioned. Additionally, you can consider increasing the size of the selected button to incorporate depth and selection at the same time. Reducing the size of unselected button would be just as affective.


If you cannot rely on color to reflect "selected" state, your other option is to rely on a visual indicator: An icon on or inside of the box A caret (^) on the box Have selected box be slightly enlarged Have selected box have additional styling (such as a shadow, etc...)

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