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Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications by Bob Baxley

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Input Controls: Picking the Right Tool for the Job

Like any design medium, mastery of Web design in general and form design in particular requires a solid understanding of the available materials. In this case, that means understanding the input controls available in HTML. Although the vocabulary of radio buttons, check boxes, menus, text boxes, and list boxes might seem limited and simple, there are many subtle and not-so-subtle aspects of each control. The following sections explore each control in detail, including examples of their proper use.

Check Boxes

As in the printed forms from which they are derived, check boxes indicate whether an item is selected. Although they often appear in groups, check boxes do not necessarily have any relationship ...

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