Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Select vs. Choose

Brent Simmons:

People often think, mistakenly, that select is the polite or proper form of choose — but, in user-interface-world, they actually mean different things.

I’ve intuitively used “choose” for menu items. However, I had been using “select” for pop-up menu items because I see them as making a selection—just a variant of a radio button—rather than invoking a command. Apple’s style guide says to use “choose” for both.


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