Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Jan 2018 21:09 UTC
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Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: "Test missile alert" and "Missile alert". He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.

"In this case, the operator selected the wrong menu option," HEMA spokesman Richard Rapoza told The Washington Post on Sunday.

A dropdown menu with just two options. That's incredibly bad user interface design.

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RE: Why?
by emphyrio on Tue 16th Jan 2018 00:45 UTC in reply to "Why?"
emphyrio
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Don't think so; in general, if you miss-click a (radio) button you don't select anything, with the drop down menu chances are you'll select the other than intended option.

Which is besides the point: it is a silly design choice because it turns what should be a simple single click into multiple clicks and multiple instances where your attention is drawn away to deal with the interface as opposed to dealing with which of the two options to select.

Edited 2018-01-16 00:50 UTC

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