Radio Buttons Always Select One

Radio Buttons: Always Select One?
Radio Buttons: Always Select One?


You are probably wondering how anyone could muster enough words for an entire article about the humble, ubiquitous radio button—and specifically, whether the designers should choose one of the options to be selected by default or not. Before you hit the Back button, think of the old adage “the devil is in the details,” and that so many radio buttons today are downright devious. So read on to avoid creating a diabolical design.

First and foremost, a quick reminder of what radio buttons do: They display a set of mutually exclusive options from which a person may select exactly one . People sometimes confuse radio buttons and checkboxes, but...


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