Source: Motif; CUA; Windows
Related: Push button; Radio button; Tool bar
Aliases: Toggle button, Check button (Motif)
SCO Visual Tcl commands: VtCheckBox, VxCheckBox
A check box is a control that operates as a toggle, used to select one
or more options from a fixed list. Each option must be
composed of a text or graphic label and a graphic that shows
whether or not the option is selected. (Motif fills in the
box, Windows puts in a check mark).
The options in the list must not be mutually exclusive
-- check boxes are for choices that can be used in
An empty check box means the window is not selected; a
filled check box means the item is selected.
Selecting a check box does not affect its label.
Selecting one option in a group must not affect the
selection or deselection of any other option within that
To separate check boxes from other information on the
screen, surround the group of check boxes with blank space,
or put them inside a group box..
Used for selection, not for navigation or for invoking
Use positive terminology when designing check boxes.
For a check box controlling a copy option, for example, the
label should say Copy not Do not copy.
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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003