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I have a field where the user needs to enter the number of times they want to send out a document but need a better label.

Firstly, they select the frequency (weekly, monthly, yearly) and then there is this ambiguous occurrences field where they need to type a number to represent the number of times this should be repeated.

Wireframe of current fields

i.e. Weekly 7 would result in the document being sent weekly for 7 weeks

I've noticed Google has something like this, but I'm not sure if this is the best approach.

Google's solution

What is the most appropriate way to approach this?

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    You can start by spelling 'occurrences' correctly :) – Glorfindel Aug 12 '15 at 20:51
  • Why is the Google solution not right for your application? – Ken Mohnkern Aug 13 '15 at 13:08
  • @kenMohnken well I wouldn't need the never since this is a recurring template. The other two options aren't necessarily wrong, I simply wondered what alternatives there are. The phrasing will be translated into various European languages and wanted something that was clear and easily translated :) – Hemi Aug 13 '15 at 15:29
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"Repeat this event until" and then have a date selector.

edit: date.

  • you mean "date"? – vsz Aug 13 '15 at 6:28
  • @vsz yes, will fix. – user5482 Aug 13 '15 at 12:57
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MS Outlook could be of use in this situation:

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You could update the labels to read like the sentence in natural language. Use default values for the secondary field so the user isn't forced to provide input.

Frequency
[ weekly    v] for [ 2 ] weeks

[ monthly   v] for [ 2 ] months

Or allow mode selection for termination

[ weekly    v] [ for  v] [ 2 ] weeks

[ weekly    v] [ until v] [ {next week's date} ]

using a date type input and/or launching a calendar picker in the "until" case.

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Why not just set the label relevant to the selection from the first menu.

So if they choose "Weekly" set the label to "Weeks" so when they pick 7 they'll know they're setting "7 weeks". Same for Daily/Days, Yearly/Years.

You could also test putting a # sign or "Number of " in front of it so it will read "# weeks" or "number of weeks", that way it will further reduce potential confusion. Although it may be too verbose so I recommend testing.

  • +1. Was going to say pretty much the same thing. "Number of weeks". or "Number of months". "Number of days". What could be more clear? – obelia Aug 12 '15 at 16:36

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