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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt The goal is to see if there is a single accepted name that unambiguously differentiates these when describing UI elements in a specification document. Based on the details I'm finding and adding to this answer, it appears that you are correct: there is no unique term across all platforms and technologies.
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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt Actually, Microsoft calls them different things.
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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt Ah, I will crop that from the screenshot. Note that the text never indicated anything about that button, but I understand your confusion.
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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt I'm confused. Why do you think that the items or ordering in list are not the same as the items or ordering in my question? Also, that link is used as the citation from Wikipedia to support the statement "The term 'combo box' is sometimes, incorrectly, used to mean 'drop-down list'."
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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
Your own link for #1 says that it uses the term "Combo Box" to refer to what I describe as #2.
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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
Interestingly, your link refers to my #1 as a "drop-down menu" and Mozilla's menulist documentation calls it a "drop-down list". Mozilla's docs also say of #2 "This is rendered as a textbox with a drop-down arrow beside it."
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comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Benny That name, to me, does not connote that there is the 'triangle' allowing users to select from a predefined or common list of values.
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