Choose allowed format says tekom


I was filing a proposal for a Tekom (European Association for Technical Communication) conference. I selected subject area for my proposal from the Assignment of subject area dropdown

and got the message in a modal box:

Choose allowed format

Choose allowed format for this topic area

The only visible exit was an x button at the top-right corner


  1. The text of the message is completely unintelligible. I was not able to figure out what it tells me.
  2. There is no visible exit at the bottom – a button for example – which is the expected thing from a message box.
  3. The text of the message repeats the title. Unnecessary tautology.
  4. There is no visible reference to anything on the screen.


Design for humans: Do not show the message.

18 February 2016 | Tekom conferences


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