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RE: checkbox labels

From: <Kirk.Johnson@zootweb.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 09:41:36 -0700
To: www-forms@w3.org, www-forms-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF4281D666.B5DC5D6F-ON87257276.0058BD5D-87257276.005BAF14@zootweb.com>

www-forms-request@w3.org wrote on 02/02/2007 04:06:23 AM:

> I agree, however, that the aim should be to allow the designer to choose
> and specify the location, if possible.

I agree that choice would be best, but mostly to accomodate cultural 
differences in a shrinking world.

I don't want to come off as holier-than-thou on this design convention. I 
freely confess: in my past, I have located labels on three of the four 
compass points around a checkbox - but never (cringe!) *under* a checkbox 
;) And we are talking about a *convention* here, not a *commandment* 
handed down from on high.

The fact that I have located boolean labels other than on the right 
doesn't make it a good idea, though, as *logical* as it might have seemed 
at the time. Many of us programmers place too much weight on logic in our 
UI designs, when a little more attention to convention would better serve 
our users. I'm trying to reform now :)

Again, I invite you all to try to find even a *single* example, in 
commercial grade software, of a boolean label other than on the right. Not 
even Lotus Notes violates this design convention (it is probably the only 
design convention Notes doesn't violate).

I'll be direct: I will not use any tool that makes it difficult to 
implement long-established, widely-held design conventions. This is a 
showstopper for me, personally. Yes, I am serious.

I am sure the XForms working group has bigger fish to fry than this. I 
understand the notion of priorites. I do hope this is put on the to-do 
list to be addressed someday, though.

Happy Friday, to all who reside in a culture where that is a happy thing 

Back to lurking,

Received on Friday, 2 February 2007 16:42:06 UTC

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