4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 28, 2008 2:15 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Long form: How would you have done it?

    Level 7
      Hi there.

      CS3, PHP mySql.

      My question concerns
      http://www.trollipestates.co.za/admin/addrecords.php

      This page if for a real estate company. Needless to say, there are so
      many things to add to the DB. Not nearly hald of the fields will be
      searchable by a visitor, but they need to have all info on record.

      How would you have done it?
      Many a time I was not sure if I should use a list with the choices or
      check boxes. I'm really not sure about this.
      Is there a general rule of thumb for when to use check boxes and when to
      use something else. I really struggle with this.

      Sometimes I so wished for some dynamic drop list which does something
      like this:
      Swimming Pool - Yes
      If yes, another list opens up for the size and condition.
      I have bought the PHP Dynamic Dropdown Menu but then I need a recordset.

      Please tell me if I need to change something before filling all the
      "value" settings.

      Regards,
      Deon


        • 1. Re: Long form: How would you have done it?
          Level 7
          > How would you have done it?

          I'd remove some of the chart junk...specifically the borders on all the
          tables. That distracts more than helps.

          Otherwise, that's a pretty solid form. You used labels and field sets
          appropriately.

          About the only other thing you could have done is perhaps paginate the form
          into multiple sections/tabs, but I'm not sure that would have really gained
          you anything.

          If you had some control over the browser size of those entering data, you
          maybe could have considered a 2-column layout allowing you to compress the
          vertical space a bit. Again, though, not sure that would have really been an
          improvement.

          > Is there a general rule of thumb for when to use check boxes and when to
          > use something else. I really struggle with this.

          Typically:

          checkboxes = multiple choice
          drop down list = one choice

          then there are radial buttons, which are one choice, but look like
          checkboxes.

          The main advantage of drop down lists is they take up less screen real
          estate, so become preferred when you start talking about 10, 20 + options.

          > Swimming Pool - Yes
          > If yes, another list opens up for the size and condition.
          > I have bought the PHP Dynamic Dropdown Menu but then I need a recordset.

          That would probably be better handled via javascript. Load the entire form,
          then via javascript hide all the conditional options and only reveal them
          based on the answers to the parent questions.

          -Darrel

          • 2. Re: Long form: How would you have done it?
            Level 7
            radial button = radio button!

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            "da" <ihatespam@example.com> wrote in message
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            >> How would you have done it?
            >
            > I'd remove some of the chart junk...specifically the borders on all the
            > tables. That distracts more than helps.
            >
            > Otherwise, that's a pretty solid form. You used labels and field sets
            > appropriately.
            >
            > About the only other thing you could have done is perhaps paginate the
            > form into multiple sections/tabs, but I'm not sure that would have really
            > gained you anything.
            >
            > If you had some control over the browser size of those entering data, you
            > maybe could have considered a 2-column layout allowing you to compress the
            > vertical space a bit. Again, though, not sure that would have really been
            > an improvement.
            >
            >> Is there a general rule of thumb for when to use check boxes and when to
            >> use something else. I really struggle with this.
            >
            > Typically:
            >
            > checkboxes = multiple choice
            > drop down list = one choice
            >
            > then there are radial buttons, which are one choice, but look like
            > checkboxes.
            >
            > The main advantage of drop down lists is they take up less screen real
            > estate, so become preferred when you start talking about 10, 20 + options.
            >
            >> Swimming Pool - Yes
            >> If yes, another list opens up for the size and condition.
            >> I have bought the PHP Dynamic Dropdown Menu but then I need a recordset.
            >
            > That would probably be better handled via javascript. Load the entire
            > form, then via javascript hide all the conditional options and only reveal
            > them based on the answers to the parent questions.
            >
            > -Darrel

            • 3. Re: Long form: How would you have done it?
              Level 7
              > radial button = radio button!

              Ha! oops. .I don't know why I used the term 'radial' but now that I google
              it, I guess it's a not uncommon (but incorrect) variation of 'radio button'.
              No idea the origins.

              -Darrel

              • 4. Re: Long form: How would you have done it?
                Level 7
                On 28 Oct 2008 in macromedia.dreamweaver, da wrote:

                >> radial button = radio button!
                >
                > Ha! oops. .I don't know why I used the term 'radial' but now that I
                > google it, I guess it's a not uncommon (but incorrect) variation of
                > 'radio button'. No idea the origins.

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