Rethinking the drop-down menu

“If there’s a lesson here, it’s that no list can ever be long enough. True revolutionaries might see all the confusion as an opportunity to eradicate titles. But a less radical solution is offered by Debretts, publisher of Britain’s ancient guides to manners, taste, and “people of distinction.” On its site, of all places, there are no drop-down titles to define and confine, just an empty box. So come up with something good. Grand Vizier? Empress Regent? Darth and Mr.? It’s your box, and it’s achingly blank.”

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