Ask users for…
When to use this pattern
- Don’t ask if it does not benefit the user experience. You should only ask users about gender when absolutely necessary.
Note: Many forms are based off of paper forms with limited fields for gender. Work with your stakeholder to expand the fields.
How to design and build
How this pattern works
- Provide a way to opt-out of answering. A checkbox labeled “Prefer not to answer” should be provided.
- Provide a way to give a ‘None of the above’ answer. A checkbox labeled “A gender not listed here.” should be provided.
- Explain what happens to the information collected. Always explain to Veterans how the information they provide is used, shared, and protected.