[thelist] usability

Francisco Mesa franciscomesa at yahoo.es
Tue Dec 2 14:25:18 CST 2003

If the public is generic, you can setup a text box for the year and fill it
(loading the page) with the "default" year. And use two drop down boxes for the
month (text) and day. This limits the error. If the public is limited, you can
use the "printed form" style.

Also the help test is preferable.

 --- Alida Ladak <Alida_Ladak at otpp.com> escribió: > 
> hi all,
> I'm working on a page where dates are displayed with the following format:
> 2-Dec-03.  The client wants a new feature that allows the user to input and
> submit a date. The client is not willing to invest in validation of the
> entry. I've been told that 98% of the time, the year that's entered by the
> user will/should be 2002 or 2003.
> I can't decide between using:
>  - three drop down boxes for the date, month & year respectively
> (personally, I don't like drop downs that offer more than a dozen options -
> - I'd rather enter in the date than find the number in a list of 31)
> - using one text box for the date, and two drop down boxes for the month
> and year (my instinct says it's bad design to mix the two formats)
> - three text boxes with "dd" "mmm" "yy" within to guide the user (b/c the
> user can enter any year, this is least preferable)
> I've googled but can't find any specific usability results and rather than
> use my instinct and personal preferences, I thought I'd ask the wise ones.
> much appreciated,
> Alida
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