Solved: forced select - NO preselected option

6 Oct 2004 - 3:47pm
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Gunnar Langemark
2004

I think I just found my solution.
I combine a radiobutton and a set of selectboxes, and make one simple validation.

Here it comes:

[Lead text explaining why sharing information is good and important]

Do you want to share some of the information about you, with other users of
the portal? [Radio button select yes/no with yes preselected]

(Alas! We have NOT preselected yes to share ANY information here (my remark))

Please select the information you want to share:

1) Option one [] (checkbox)
2) Option two [] (checkbox)
etc

The checkboxes are NOT preselected.

Then when the user is finished with this page of information (there is more
than this on the page) he clicks [Next] and we validate the answers and if the
user has selected YES in the first, and not selected any data we ask him to do
this.

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I know this is not an ideal solution. It may lead to too many alert boxes
asking the user to select something, but it is very simple and doable from
within the Axapta web development framework.

Do you think this stinks?

Best

Gunnar Langemark
gunnar at langemark.com

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16 Oct 2004 - 10:50am
Lyle_Kantrovich...
2004

Gunnar,

I was just looking back on this rather long thread and found it amazing
that no one here suggested you actually test your design with potential
users. Often there are many "good" design alternatives, and many bad
ones...but we also run into many cases where there's no good options -
we just have to choose the "lesser of evils" design.

>From my viewpoint, there are bigger issues at play here. The client
might benefit from knowing if users will actually *use* the form or if
the form will get in the way of achieving business goals. The question
isn't just "if the client wants to do X, what's the best interaction
design or use of widgets to do so?".

A quick and dirty usability test will tell you:

1. If the IxD is clear (intuitive)
2. If users actually WANT to share any data at all
3. If users find the form intimidating, too long, etc. (this would tell
you that drop-off is likely to be high)
4. If users think there's any easier way to ask what you're trying to
ask

If you haven't already, think about sticking your design in front of
someone other than the client (ideally users) and see what they say.

Regards,

Lyle

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Cargill
http://www.cargill.com/
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Subject: [ID Discuss] Solved: forced select - NO preselected option

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I think I just found my solution.
I combine a radiobutton and a set of selectboxes, and make one simple
validation.

Here it comes:

[Lead text explaining why sharing information is good and important]

Do you want to share some of the information about you, with other users
of
the portal? [Radio button select yes/no with yes preselected]

(Alas! We have NOT preselected yes to share ANY information here (my
remark))

Please select the information you want to share:

1) Option one [] (checkbox)
2) Option two [] (checkbox)
etc

The checkboxes are NOT preselected.

Then when the user is finished with this page of information (there is
more
than this on the page) he clicks [Next] and we validate the answers and
if the
user has selected YES in the first, and not selected any data we ask him
to do
this.

---

I know this is not an ideal solution. It may lead to too many alert
boxes
asking the user to select something, but it is very simple and doable
from
within the Axapta web development framework.

Do you think this stinks?

Best

Gunnar Langemark
gunnar at langemark.com
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