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E.U. Bans Pre-Selected Web Form Check Boxes

 5:36 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

E.U. Bans Pre-Selected Web Form Check Boxes [bbc.co.uk]
"Pre-ticked" boxes on shopping websites will be banned in European Union states under newly approved legislation.

EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg have passed a set of rules aimed at strengthening consumer rights, which the EU parliament backed in June. They mean online traders will have to disclose the total cost of a product - including fees - and customers will have to actively opt-in to extras. Member countries will have two years to implement the rules nationally.

Announcing the legislation had been passed, the European Commission cited the example of buying airline tickets online, when customers may have needed to actively decline optional extras such as travel insurance.

"With the new directive, pre-ticked boxes will be banned across the European Union," it said in a statement.



 9:38 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Bit awkward if your form includes radio buttons, eh?

Hm. That thread next door in the CSS forum* has suddenly become topical again :)

* Assuming the original question was about users who have left some necessary item blank.


 4:47 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

All we have to do is state the option negatively and the user would check the box to NOT have that option. Legislators don't seem to learn what they're talking about before passing laws.


 5:42 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

If the legislation is tied to the "act of having a tick already placed in the box" then it's clear that they don't understand two of the most basic computing concepts: binary and the NOT operator.


 5:49 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

only 10 kinds of people in this world , those who understand binary..and those who don't

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