Drop down lists hide a long list of options, arranged vertically. A person selects the drop down arrow which then reveals the complete list of options.
Make the drop down list optional, otherwise specify with a "Required" caption.
Drop down lists are responsive and range in width from 272 pixels on small screens up to 384 pixels on desktop.
Select a single option
Use drop down lists when a person may only select one option from a list of 7 or more options. Use radio buttons when 7 or less options are available to choose from.
Since all the options but one are hidden in a drop down list, the visibility is low. It is recommended to use radio buttons whenever possible.
The first drop down lists option needs a label and precedes a downward arrow selection to open the list.
The first visible option is the most common or default option of the set. Do not use the first drop down option as a descriptor or label of the list.
Each option should be a brief word, description, or name.
Limit character count to 30 characters with spaces per option.
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