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We have an app in which user needs to specify some parameters and their value types.

GUI example:

Parameter details

Name
[              ] *text field

Type
[              ] *combobox

Here's a list of allowed parameter value types in our app (though I believe it's pretty generic):

  • single ordinal or floating-point value
  • datetime value
  • list of options from which you can choose only one
  • list of options from which you can choose many
  • text input
  • boolean input

What is the correct way of naming these types in a combobox/radiogroup from which user selects parameter value type? So that it is clear which option is selected, but is not overly wordy (since GUI space is valuable).

I guess that would be (correspondingly): Numeric/Digital?, Datetime?, Single-choice list, Multi-choice list, Text, Flag?

Please reply with which parameter value type names should be used to be proper English?


To address comments, I'm looking specifically for proper English words choice, not the UI/UX/programming advice.

  • It's not clear what you're asking. Does "input values types" and "parameter names" mean variable names or input field labels? Perhaps this question would be better asked on stackoverflow.com? – Mick Nov 21 '18 at 8:06
  • @Mick thanks for your comment, I've tried to clarify the question. I need a caption for the combobox from which user will select value type. The question is specifically about proper english (meaning user interaction), not about programming. – Kromster says support Monica Nov 21 '18 at 8:11
  • @Kromster: user experience design is a better fit for User Experience than ELL. – Nathan Tuggy Nov 21 '18 at 8:25
  • @NathanTuggy I would agree, if it was about UI layout or UX design. Here it is mostly about Engish word choice. – Kromster says support Monica Nov 21 '18 at 8:30
  • Trying to simplify - are you looking for plain English definitions of the 'types' in that bulleted list? – Astralbee Nov 21 '18 at 10:37
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Here are some possibilities:

  • single ordinal or floating-point value - Numeric value or number
  • datetime value - date or date and time
  • list of options from which you can choose only one - single choice list (as you suggested, I can't think of anything better)
  • list of options from which you can choose many - multi-choice list but beware that the term "multiple choice" refers to any question with a list of options, not necessarily where you can choose just more than one.
  • text input - Free text
  • boolean input - true/false or yes/no denoted as 1 or 0

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