Some registration forms include more
than just text boxes. They may contain lists of options that you
can choose from by using check boxes,
radio buttons, or menus.
Check boxes are
square. You may select as many check boxes from a list as you like.
When you click on a check box, a check mark appears to show that you have
selected that item. To uncheck a check box, just click on it again
and the check mark will disappear. Try the check boxes below to see
how they work:
Radio buttons are round. You may
only select one radio button from a list. When you click on a radio
button, a dot appears to show that you have selected that item.
To uncheck a radio button, you must click on another button. Try
the radio buttons below to see how they work.
There are two different kinds of menus.
In a selection list, the list appears
in a small box. The box may or may not have its own scroll bar.
When you find the item you want, just click on it. It will become
highlighted to show that it has been selected.
With a drop-down
menu, you will see a text box with a small down arrow next to
it. If you click on the arrow, the list will appear. Find the
item you want and click on it. The list will disappear and the item
you clicked on will appear in the text box to show that it has been selected.
When you reach the end of a form, you will
usually see a button that you must click on to continue. When you
click on the button, the site will check the information that you just
filled out and tell you if you've filled anything out incorrectly. If you
have, you must correct it, then click the button again.
Glossary of terms
used so far:
browser - A computer program that helps people
use the Internet.
check box - A small box that allows you to
select multiple items from a list.
click - To quickly press and release the left
dialog box - A small box that pops up on screen
to give you information. You must respond to a dialog box by clicking
on a button.
drag - To move an onscreen object by putting
the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
drop-down menu - A type of menu in which you
must click on a small down arrow to display your options.
e-mail - Messages sent between computers via
the Internet. "E-mail" is short for "electronic mail."
Google - A popular search engine. Its
URL is www.google.com.
Google Chrome - A browser.
graphics - Pictures.
HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol; the way
computers communicate on the World Wide Web.
highlighted text - Text with a different background
color. This sentence
insertion point - A little blinking line that
shows you where the next letter you type will appear.
Internet Explorer - A browser.
link - A connection to another web page.
Sometimes called a "hyperlink."
location toolbar - The browser toolbar that
contains a text box.
menu - A list of options.
navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that
contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
Mozilla Firefox - A browser. Firefox
is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
password - A secret word that lets you access
your private information.
pointer - The little arrow that moves around
the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
radio buttons- Small circles that allow you
to choose only one item from a list.
Safari - A browser.
scroll - To move a web page up and down on
the computer screen.
scroll bar- A bar that appears at the edge
of the computer screen when a web page is too large to fit on the screen.
search engine - A web site that searches for
other web sites.
selection list - A type of menu.
slider- Part of a scroll bar; the box that
moves up and down as a web page is scrolled.
you should exhibit when using a web site.
text - Letters and numbers.
text box - A white box that you can type things
toolbar - A group of tools to help you use
the Internet. Toolbars are part of a browser.
URL - The address of a web page. Pronounced
"earl," URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
user name - The name by which a web site recognizes
web page - A computer file that looks like
a printed page when viewed with a browser.
web site - A group of related web pages.
World Wide Web - The part of the Internet
that can be viewed with a browser.
Yahoo! - A popular search engine. Its
URL is www.yahoo.com.