Monday, November 7th, 2005>p>We can do drag and drop in browsers these days, which is made more useful with Ajax, since you can do something server side on a drop. Our lovely toolkits like Dojo and Prototype also make working with drag and drop pretty trivial, and what does this all lead too?
“Wow, thats cool. Let’s do it!” :)
We need to remember that drag and drop is invisible to users, and that we need to give our users queues to how it can be used in our interface.
I have sat there watching a user stare at the screen not knowing how to add something to their shopping cart because there was no “add to cart” or “buy” button. They needed to drag the object onto the cart, but that isn’t the way we have done it on the web for years.
Netflix comes out and tells you out right.
What other cues can we use to get people thinking more about drag and drop for when it makes real sense in our interface.
As a power user, I would love to be able to hit a key and see all of the keyboard shortcuts available for the current application, as well as drag and drop options.