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GUI Design: Check Box Checkup

I am still amazed when I find current examples of standard GUI controls being used with non-standard functionality. The roles and purposes of check boxes and radio buttons, for example, have long been established. They should not be used interchangeably or have their functionality changed to match the other. Anything a designer or programmer might hope to gain by such a decision is far out-weighed by the confusion imposed on the user. ECLIPSE® MISUSING CHECK BOXES Figure 1 is a screen shot of the Eclipse® Preferences dialog showing the list of Installed JREs.   Notice the check boxes along the left side of each item in the list. One could easily get the impression that these check boxes are for selecting items in the list. They are not. The check box actually indicates which of … Read entire article »

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