Long may be okay for very familiar lists

Some lists can be long because users immediately understand what is in the list and where the item they want is. For example, a drop-down list of the U. S. states and territories has more than 50 entries. If the states and territories are in alphabetical order, however, the length of this drop-down list is not a problem for most people. They find the right entry quickly.

In Figure 9-3, you see how the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation offers both a drop-down list and a map for people to select a state.

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©Most U. S. web users can find their state in a drop down list, even though the list is long

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Some people love maps. \ • • 1 Others find them hard to use.

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Figure 9-3 If people are familiar with a specific list, know which item they want, and know where it will appear in the list, a long list may be okay. www.saintrescue.org

Figure 9-3 If people are familiar with a specific list, know which item they want, and know where it will appear in the list, a long list may be okay. www.saintrescue.org

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Figure 9-4 With a list like this, web users will scroll quickly vertically to the item they need.

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Figure 9-4 With a list like this, web users will scroll quickly vertically to the item they need.

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users.

If you have enough web page space, group the items in a long list like an index with a letter heading for each part of the alphabet. Figure 9-4 brings back the pathway page of states you saw in Chapter 4 in the case study about getting a copy of a birth certificate.

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