Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
For all of the good uses of Ajax out there, there are still some really really (*really*) bad ones that come to mind. Unfortunately, some site developers just don’t quite know when to stop, and this post on SitePoint.com today (by Alex Walker) points out just such a perpetrator – Art.com.
Art.com is a large, commerical art site selling prints to the publicâ€”over 300,000 of them, framed, mounted or otherwise. Their display pages are a model of efficient eleganceâ€”not dissimilar in style to Flickr in some waysâ€”generally letting the artwork speak for itself.
But apparently, there wasnâ€™t enough â€˜wow-factorâ€™. â€œWeâ€™re paying these developersâ€”get them to come up with something thatâ€™s cool or hot or sick or whatever it is the kids want to be these daysâ€.
Okay, so we can all agree that Ajax is cool, and yes, there are some cool user interface additions that can be made with its help, but if you make a drop-down box, make it work like a drop-down box. Web users look for interface items they know and like to use them – don’t mess with that.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:26 am