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Re: checkbox labels

From: <Kirk.Johnson@zootweb.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 10:38:41 -0700
To: Aaron Reed <aaronr@us.ibm.com>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, www-forms-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF77A32706.56D22058-ON87257275.005CF450-87257275.0060EA17@zootweb.com>

www-forms-request@w3.org wrote on 01/31/2007 02:49:55 PM:

> I noticed that every xforms processor that I tried put the labels for 
> boolean inputs (usually rendered as checkboxes) to the left of the 
> checkbox even though the overwhelming preference for html forms is to 
> have the label on the right of a checkbox.

I think "overwhelming preference" understates the prevalence of this 
design rule. I don't have a single piece of software on my computer where 
the labels are anywhere but to the right of a boolean control. Not one.

I have yet to get my feet wet with XForms, so there is no point in trying 
to hide my ignorance when I ask: Are you serious? The labels are being 
placed to the left?

I am not aware of a single usability design reference that departs from 
the "on the right" guideline. If the current "XForms way" is to put the 
labels on the left, I respectfully suggest it is time to get someone with 
usability design skills involved in XForms and reconsider this.

Kirk
Received on Thursday, 1 February 2007 19:05:23 GMT

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