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advisability of putting instructions in a <select> menu

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From: Don Hinshaw
Date: Apr 27, 2005 2:17PM


Hi there,
One often sees the first item of a <select> menu being something like this --Select a Country--. While this may provide additional clues for a sighted person, it seems to me to add extra noise for a person hearing the page read. If the menu is labeled correctly shouldn't these be avoided?

Thanks,

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Don Hinshaw
Hinshaw Design Group
http://www.hinshawdesign.com