The last version of Internet Explorer, version 11, was released on October 17, 2013. This is a very long time ago when taking into account the rapid development of web technologies. These days it is often difficult and time consuming to get modern technologies to work well in this old browser. More and more frameworks are dropping support, and even Microsoft themselves has announced that they will fully drop support for IE in their own services in 2021.
Consequently, we have decided to not include support for IE in the Design Library website.
A dropdown allows the user to select an option from a list. Dropdowns enables users to make a quick selection of the available options for a specific entry.
Dropdowns conserve screen space and prevent the users from making unnecessary mistakes.
For selecting elements from fixed choices, use one of the following options (according to the space you have):
In the Dropdown multiselect, “Search” is optional and could be used when there are a long list of options. “Select all” in the search result view is also optional and should only be used if there is a good use case.
The mobile version uses the "fold-out" behaviour.
Sort the list by placing the most important or common choices in the top. If there is no internal order, sort alphabetically or numerically.
If the list is sorted alphabetically and very long, the most common choice can be at the top. For instance, when a user is asked to choose nationality.
The list of the dropdown is generally the same width as the dropdown
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If the user can choose several values in a dropdown, it is preferable that this is indicated in the label.
The values in the dropdown must be as short and self-evident as possible.
When there is no default option in a dropdown, the first value (which can’t be chosen) should give information about what the user is supposed to choose, for example Choose type of employment. In these cases, we also need an error message, in case the user tries to proceed without choosing an option.