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
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 20:51
  • Why is the Google solution not right for your application? Commented Aug 13, 2015 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
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 15:29

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"Repeat this event until" and then have a date selector.

edit: date.

  • you mean "date"?
    – vsz
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 6:28
  • @vsz yes, will fix.
    – user5482
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 12:57

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.

[ 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.


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
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 16:36

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