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Re: how best to convey an OR choice on a form


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Aug 24, 2011 3:00PM


When I fill in a form, I generally jump to the first field using "e"
"c" or other shortcut key, but then I use the arrow keys to move
through the form. That would give you the option of putting a sentence
in before the 3 lists that says "please select only one choice from
one of the next 3 listboxes, you can only selet one choice from one of
them". Use Javascript to disable the other two lists once a value has
been selected from one.
I think that would do just fine.
I am wondering if you could use a radio button creatively that says
a. I wish to choose county (as an example)
2. I wish to choose city
3. I wish to choose zip code.

Then you can enable the appropriate list after the user makes the
radiobutton choice.
That is the other approach that would make sense to me.

On 8/24/11, Angela French < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hello,
> I would appreciate any advice on how to best convey that a user has an "OR"
> choice about two (or more) different form fields they can fill out on a
> form. I don't mean these as optional, but as mandatory OR.
> For example:
> Select from this drop down list number 1
> OR
> Select from this drop down list number 2
> OR
> Select from this drop down list number 3
> My concern is how to keep the user from wasting their time selecting from
> the drop list one or two only to find out they would have preferred to
> select from number 3. Wouldn't it be hard for a screen reader user to
> backtrack ?
> Thank you
> Angela French
> Internet Specialist
> State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
> 360-704-4316
> http://www.checkoutacollege.com<;http://www.checkoutacollege.com/>;