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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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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 (required):</...
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How to explain to director that a multilevel dropdown menu isn't a good idea

My director and designer want to make a big drop-down menu on our site. Multilevel menu : | MENU 1 | MENU 2 | MENU 3 | MENU 4 | -----------------|----------------|-----...
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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 allow ...
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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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Menu with dropdown, root element clickable?

I have two options for a dropdown but I'm not sure which one is the best from an usability standpoint. In option (A) there is a explicit "Our services" link which goes to a page with general ...
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Use of Website Category Landing Pages

OK, here's the situation: A reasonably simple website with a primary navigation menu including drop-down list of sublevels on hover. Each navigation level may have 3 - 6 sublevels below it, none more ...
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Replacement for long drop-down list

I'm currently working on a part of our application in which the user edits a document. Part of the application allows the user to input certain "parts." We've implemented this as a couple of drop ...
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Most intuitive multi-select component for the web

My target audience are users that are not familiar so much with computers so i try to simplify the UI elements in use as much as possible. For instance I try to avoid drop down menus and use big ...
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Which way should arrows point for a dropdown button?

In the following images I've animated a button dropdown where the arrow animates to the downward position when displaying the dropdown menu. Wondering if there is any usability studies on this or if ...
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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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Which is better to design a Filter?

Which is better for filter, select a single value: Check box ( Use js to keep single selection ) Dropdown list Radio buttons Highlighted labels download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Why not default a user's view to the middle of a sorted list?

Is there a compelling reason (besides convention) why a user's typical default view of a long sorted list is always the beginning of the list and not the middle? Assuming a random distribution of ...
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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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Is there a design pattern for dropdown lists in iOS?

I've searched quite a bit for this but surprisingly could not find any comprehensive answer. XCode doesn't provide any simple way to add dropdown lists to iOS interfaces. Stackoverflow just showed ...
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Would Breadcrumbs be effective if they incorporate Dropdowns?

I'm currently thinking about adding a quite comprehensive section to a website: the section I'm talking about starts at level 3 of the overall website and itself has another four structural levels. ...
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Adding items to dropdown list on-the-fly?

In certain locations in our application, users encounter dropdowns with a number of items, from which they can: Select a suitable value Add a value to the dropdown list if they don't find a suitable ...
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Adding “Select…” as first option (placeholder) of dropdown list

Would it be considered a good practice to add the word "Select..." as the first option of a dropdown list? I think it's redundant and not at all necessary and what is in the dropdown list should be ...
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Buttons instead of radio buttons or a dropdown

In a recent project of ours I am tasked with creating an interface that solves the same problem as radio buttons or a dropdown menu would, but using buttons instead. It approximately looks like this: ...
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Usability of multi-level tabs versus dropdown menu for navigation

We're in the middle of a redesign of our client portal, and there's been some discussion about whether to pursue a multi-level tab design or a dropdown menu (used on the current version of the ...
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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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Not available options: Disabled or hidden?

I have a form with these elements: A checkbox A dropdown with a list of options It is an eCommerce site which uses points as currency. During checkout user has the following options: The checkbox ...
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Drawer Navigation vs. Drop Down Menus

Are there any studies on drawer type navigation such as: http://www.ibm.com/us/en/ where the navigation pushes down content, compared to traditional drop down menus where navigation covers up content? ...
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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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Best practice for selecting month/year

I have a form where users can choose a month and year to display a series of reports. (there is no need to choose the day - all the reports for that month will be displayed) What is the best practice ...
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Radio buttons or Dropdown for same list of options

I have a list of options where the maximum number that can appear is 9. I am wondering if it will be confusing to switch controls for these options depending on how many appear i.e. use radio buttons ...
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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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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 ...
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Price plan table with multiple payment options

I have a pricing plan table with multiple payment options. I'm not sure whether it is best to place the pricing options in a drop-down (and fire off the submit on the "onchange" event) or simply have ...
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Autocomplete returns more than X records

I have read How many items in a web form drop down is too many?. I almost agree with Vitaly's answer: no more than 30 (X) items in a drop down. So if auto-complete request returns more than X records, ...
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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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Are Drop-Down Menus Outdated and Poor Practice? [closed]

I have read sentiments online about the demerits of the trusty drop-down menu. EDIT: By 'drop-down menu' I refer to the navigation bar on a home page, not a drop down list on a form. Is it really ...
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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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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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How to accept multiple types of input to a table cell?

I have a problem with a column in a table in which the cells may receive data in multiple ways: You may write a number, say 1.0. If you write you can only write numbers. Place an object in the cell, ...