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Radios #59

govuk-design-system opened this Issue Jan 12, 2018 · 3 comments


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govuk-design-system commented Jan 12, 2018

Use this issue to discuss this component in the GOV.UK Design System.

@govuk-design-system govuk-design-system created this issue from a note in GOV.UK Design System Community Backlog (In progress) Jan 12, 2018

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lukechaput commented Sep 13, 2018

Interested in the advice to use error messages like 'Select yes if...'.
When combined with the fact that - after an error is generated - the focus is on the 'Yes' radio option, it feels like it could be misinterpreted as a prompt for the user to select yes. Would be good to see any research into this. Or perhaps the advice could be changed so that error messages do not give undue emphasis to one of the radio options?


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amyhupe commented Oct 15, 2018

Dropbox Paper audit

On 15 October 2018 the Design System team reviewed a Dropbox Paper document discussing the Radios component.

The aim was to reduce the number of places containing guidance and code by:

  • migrating relevant, useful content into the Design System itself
  • recording important research findings in the community backlog
  • removing the original Dropbox Paper page

Below is a record of the outcomes of that review.

If you need to, you can see the original Dropbox Paper content in the internet archive.

Review outcomes

Updates to the Design System

The Design System team will carry out the following updates to ensure that relevant, useful content from the Dropbox Paper file is added to the Design System.

  • Add guidance to radios and checkboxes pages saying not to rely on visual differences between radios and checkboxes to guide users on how many options they can select.
  • Update examples of radios and checkboxes pages to make sure it reflects this guidance.
  • Add guidance on how to order radios, for example, alphabetically or common scenarios first?
  • Add guidance saying to use a ‘none of the above’ option if necessary
  • Add guidance saying not to pre-select radios and checkboxes

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amyhupe commented Oct 15, 2018

Based on the above, we've updated the Design System guidance for:

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