I shop online a lot. A whole lot. And that means I have to enter my shipping and billing info a lot.
My name, credit card, address, phone, city, state, zip, and usually a password.
How come EVERY SINGLE WEB DEVELOPER insists on making one of those stupid drop-down boxes to select my state???
You trust me to enter 10 other free text fields correctly, including a 16 digit credit card, but you don’t trust me to enter my 2 digit state properly?
This whole behavior started in like 1994 when people thought it was so cool that you could make a select element in an HTML form.
Maybe if you live in Alabama (first) or Vermont (where you can press V), it’s not such a big deal. But if you live in New York, you have to press ‘N’ five OR 6 times, depending if it’s spelled out “New York” or “NY”. Believe me – typing ‘NY’ is SO much faster and easier.
So consider this an open letter to every web developer our there. Let’s eliminate the state drop down box, shall we?