Tuesday, May 10th, 2005

Ajax Summit: Adam Michela from axentric.com

Category: Ajax

He’s working on Wists, a visual bookmarking tool. He also has an Ajax blog that has special Ajax features.

He showed a demo of Wists. You visit a website, click on the Wists bookmarklet, and you get a list of all the images on the page. You can click on an image to add it to a Wists list. He showed how they use a small JavaScript to include a larger JavaScript, which if I heard correctly, is advantageous because it works around a bookmark limitation in IE.

He then demonstrated his own fade technique for his blog. He showed how his fade library could fade any arbitrary element of the DOM. He pointed out how his fade technique page was linked to a large number of times.

Dunstan: The bugger with your technique is that you cycle through background colors with JavaScript, which means you can’t control colors with JavaScript. Does anyone know how to work around this?

Alex: You can clear the color afterwards.

Adam: (didn’t quite catch what he said)

Dunstan: It’s tricky stuff, isn’t it?

(some guy): So what’s the value of the fade anything technique?

Kevin: It’s attention focusing. It draws attention to something that’s changing.

Dunstan: I use it on page reload to draw attention as well.

Adam: It’s interesting how these DHTML effects are getting drawn into the Ajax bandwagon.

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I think that the approach of Blogmarks (http://blogmarks.net) to visual bookmarks is much nicer (and smoother) than Wists:

Instead of asking the user to choose from a sometimes huge list of images grabbed from the target page, Blogmarks automatically generates a screen capture of the whole page. It makes it much easier later on to navigate through your marks.

Oh and it uses tags massively and beautifully too.

And by the way, kudos for reporting from the conference!


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