Radio Buttons

Colin Holgate coiin at verizon.net
Mon Jan 17 14:12:54 CST 2011


On Jan 17, 2011, at 3:03 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:

> I agree Colin. Users expect a radio button to be exactly one and only one of 2 or more choices. Checkboxes are expected to be none to any of one or more choices. 

It is an interesting interface issue though, and there can be cases where you have to only make one choice, if you're interested to do so, but if you accidentally do that there isn't a way to select nothing again. Some dialogs solve that by having a Clear button, though that seems wrong somehow.

In Adobe products they have a not bad solution to the issue. Next to some drop down menus are checkboxes. If you make a selection from the menu, the checkbox next to it gets checked. There are several of these within the same dialog, and so you can easily specify a lot of things at once, and if you have made an incorrect selection, you can uncheck the box next to that menu.





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