Best practice for for number of items in a dropdown on a web form?
11 Mar 2009 - 12:57am
5 years ago
Hello everyone. This is my first post on IxDA. :) I've been
developing web applications for a few years now, and usability has
always been a priority, but I have only really started obessesing
about usability in the last year or so.
A colleague and I had a discussion about the maximum number of
elements that should be used in a (select) dropdown menu on a web
He thinks that fifteen is the maximum. Me? I'm not quite sure what
to think. I know it's no fun to scroll throught almost a hundred
options in such a menu, but I can't seem to think of a better
alternative - especially if the list itself is ordered properly.
The web app that sparked this conversation currently uses a
combination of multiple select lists. They're quite unsightly.
Still, they aren't being used for all that many elements. I think 30
is the maximum.
I guess my question is this: what is the best practice for the
maximum number of items in a (select) dropdown?