I'm putting together a form that contains about 20 fields. I'm
undecided as to what default selection I should display for the
drop-downs (or at least what the best practices are).
The client wants to make sure that the end-users are actively making
selections. So I have a preference as to what it should be, but I'd
love to get some feedback.
Here are my three choices (if there are others, please feel free to
1. If there is a common selection made for a particular drop-down,
then that selection should be set as the default.
2. "Please choose..." or some form of instruction
3. Blank default
I assuming that if the drop-down is required or not, that should have
an impact as well. What default would best indicate to the user,
especially when they're confronted with a large form, that
selections "have to" be made?