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    Checkboxes ('check' them, or 'select' them)

    I'm writing a design document and after completing it I went back to read over it. Strangely, about 50% of the time I refer to 'checking' a checkbox, and the other 50% I refer to 'selecting' a checkbox. Which is it?

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    It comes down to personal preference - but make sure you settle on one and use it consistently or you'll look silly
    Last edited by gnarly; Aug 29, 2006 at 07:31. Reason: Typos
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    i say it's a checkbox so you check it.
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    I agree that 'check' is preferable, but as long as you're consistent both would work.

    For me, 'selecting' is something you do out of a list of choices; either single select or multiple select. Thus you'd select a radio button or one or more list items. A checkbox is a boolean value and is either 'on' or 'off' – checked or unchecked. (N.B., English is not my first language though.)
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