Radio buttons

Use radio buttons to indicate a set of mutually exclusive but related choices.

Users can perform the following action with radio buttons:


BlackBerry devices with a trackpad only

BlackBerry devices with a touch screen and a trackpad

Select a radio button.

Press the Space key or click the trackpad.

  • Tap the item.
  • Press the Space key.
  • Click the trackpad.
This screen shows a radio button.

Best practice: Implementing radio buttons

  • Use radio buttons for two or more choices when space is not an issue. If space is an issue, consider using a drop-down list instead.
  • Use the RadioButtonField class to create radio buttons. For more information about creating radio buttons, see the API reference for the BlackBerry® Java® SDK and the BlackBerry Java Application UI Quick Reference Guide.
  • Verify that the content for radio buttons remains static. Content for radio buttons should not change depending on the context.
  • Do not start an action when users select a radio button. For example, do not open a new screen.
  • Align radio buttons vertically.
  • Group and order values logically (for example, group related radio buttons together or include the most common values first). Avoid ordering radio buttons alphabetically; alphabetical order is language specific.

Guidelines for labels

  • Use clear, concise labels. Verify that the label clearly describes what occurs when users select the radio button. If the labels are too long, they wrap.
  • Place labels on the right side of radio buttons.
  • Use sentence case capitalization.
  • Do not use end punctuation.
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