Overview

Radio buttons use fieldsets for accessibility and categorization purposes. The option group (radio button and label) allows you to select one option from 2 or more options. The option is meant to be submitted as data and is part of a form. You have to press a submission button in order for the input data to be recorded.

Design

Radios

Usage guidelines

Use radio buttons when you can only select one option. Use checkboxes when it is possible to select multiple options.

Try to use radio buttons instead of drop down lists since it lowers cognitive load.

Do not use radio buttons when there are more than 7 options. Use a drop down list instead.

Content guidelines

Follow these guidelines to create radio button labels:

  • be clear about what the selection represents
  • keep the label to one sentence
  • use active voice

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