menu buttons and showname

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Thu Jul 2 13:35:22 EDT 2015

Scott Rossi wrote:

 > Often, this type of control has a call to action such as "Choose an
 > item", as opposed an indication "No selection".  It depends on the
 > context of your control.

It does, and I wish more Web designers understood that. ;)

This became popular with form designers where they need to avoid having 
a default answer, indicating that some action must be taken for a 
control that requires a value.

But over the years I've seen many forms where that lead-in entry is used 
instead of a having any descriptive label next to it, and often without 
error-checking to ensure some other value was chosen anyway so they've 
made it useless in spite of themselves.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at      

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