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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Forms: Working with Check Boxes

Check boxes allow users to select one or more options from a group of possible options. Therefore, users can select a number of answers in response to a question, instead of just one.

NOTE: For more information about working with form fields, please refer to Inserting the First Form Field, Opening the Form Field Properties Dialog Box, and Terminology.

return to topInserting Check Boxes

  1. Open a FrontPage document

  2. Within the form boundary, place your insertion point where you want to insert the form field

  1. From the Insert menu, select Form » Checkbox
    A blank check box appears.
    Insert Form submenu

  2. Before or after the check box, type any desired text

  3. Proceed with Assigning the Name-Value Pair

return to topAssigning the Name-Value Pair

The name identifies what option the check box represented for the user, such as the location check box below is an option to answer "location" in response to the question and is named "location". In a group of check boxes, users can select more than one.

The default value is "on." The value of a check box is not visible to the user (as with text boxes). The value should indicate whether the option is selected by the user.

When a user submits the form, the inputs are sent to the form developer via email; the name of the check box will be matched with the value of the check box. The information the form developer receives may look like this:

name: value
EXAMPLE: Location: on
EXAMPLE: Majors: on

Therefore, the name identifies what options are available to the user, and the values indicate which options they selected.
Example of check box use with name/value pair

To Assign the Name-Value Pair

NOTE: The Name and Value may be flipped depending on the analysis.

  1. Insert a check box

  1. Double click the check box
    Right click the check box » select Form Field Properties...
    The Check Box Properties dialog box appears.
    Check Box Properties dialog box

  2. In the Name text box, type a name

  3. In the Value text box, type a value

  4. For Initial State, select Checked or Not checked
    An initial state of checked means that by default, the check box is going to appear checked.
    Use pre-selected options with caution. If you pre-select a response for users, they may not look at the alternative choices.

  5. Click OK

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