[thelist] RE: checked boxes or unchecked boxes

Scott Brady dsbrady at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 14:23:35 CDT 2004

On Thu, 21 Oct 2004 09:57:22 -0300, Sarah Sweeney  wrote:
> If I were designing a form like this, I think I would go with radio
> buttons: "post message", "email author", and "both" - and I would have
> the "post message" option as the default. There are always other
> (better?) options.

Is that really any better than a prechecked checkbox?  In this
example, you're still "forcing an option" [to use other people's
terms] on the user.  You're still presenting them with 3 options
(Post, E-mail, or Both) and pre-choosing the "Post" option for them.

I'd say that it is an option (and it's a good option). But, I don't
see how it's necessarily intrinsically better than the way they do it.
 (It's possible they used the format they did to save a little screen
real estate)


Scott Brady

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