Sunday, April 06, 2008

Choosing the right defaults

A big part of creating a good user experience is choosing the right defaults. A calendar is a particularly striking example. When you use a calendar widget to fill in a date, the context should determine a reasonable default date.

If you were booking a plane ticket, today's date would be a nice default.

But if you are entering your birth date, today is so NOT a good default, but it is seen here

This was found at which is a page for an exam in India. Now who gives an exam on the day they are born? This should ideally be 1990 since the majority of people giving this exam will be 17/18 now.

So choose good defaults


  1. Something working on a website , that too on Firefox, is in itself a great news.. so please give them a break :-D

  2. it doesn't really look good on FF, as it does in IE, see the homepage in both the browsers