Usability


Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

New Yahoo! Homepage gets Ajaxy

Category: Showcase, Usability

Richard MacManus has posted about the new Yahoo! homepage that has been been launched as a preview (beta) for those with the correct browsers ;) There are a lot of nice dhtml features on the new site, but instead of covering them again, one of the interesting ideas was the top widget that walks you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:56 am
23 Comments

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3.8 rating from 48 votes

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Ajax Experience Day 3: Bill Scott on Ajax Design (Patterns and Principles)

Category: The Ajax Experience, Usability

Update: Andre Charland also has notes from this session. Bill Scott’s talking about designing for Ajax – principles and patterns – at The Ajax Experience. Yahoo really gets patterns and their significance to interaction design, and Bill and his colleagues have been contributing many Ajax patterns and related components to the community in the past Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:56 pm
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4 rating from 35 votes

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Watch Browser

Category: Showcase, Usability

Here’s a nice product browser focused on one thing: watches. Creator Edward Ackroyd explains: http://watch-browser.com is a new interactive way to search for wrist watches. It combines AJAX and the amazon.com watch database to provide an easy and quick way to find the watch you are looking for. Main features are: – See results as Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 10:21 am
2 Comments

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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Really Easy Field Validation with Prototype

Category: JavaScript, Library, Prototype, Usability

Late last week I was working on a content submission form, and thinking about a good way to add unobtrusive validation using Prototype, similar to what the guys at Particle Tree have talked about in a couple articles earlier. I liked the approach the articles took and went looking for any libraries doing the same Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 11:30 am
17 Comments

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4 rating from 176 votes

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Wall Street Journal adds Selection-based Ajax Search

Category: Showcase, Usability

The Wall Street Journal Site has implemented a new feature that could definitely start popping up more and more all around the web – a new seach function for any word on the page. You can now do a quick Online Journal search on any word or phrase on the site without leaving the page. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 12:38 pm
10 Comments

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3 rating from 29 votes

Monday, May 1st, 2006

Open Says Me (Accessible Development)

Category: Accessibility, JavaScript, Usability

Pete Forde suggests a method in his new post for making websites that everyone can enjoy, not just the ones that have browsers that natively support the latest bells and whistles. Graceful degredation is one of the larger problems that developers with technologies like Ajax face, but the development method he suggests just might help. Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 1:14 pm
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4.2 rating from 36 votes

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Touchstone: Web Attention on the Desktop

Category: Usability, Web20

After our recent story on NetJaxer, Chris Saad from Touchstone alerted us that he’s working on a similar concept. (T)he idea of having a client-side heads-up-display to web-based apps is one that is a passion of mine. I just wanted to let you know we have a similar solution (and a very firm strategy) that Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 3:05 am
8 Comments

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4.1 rating from 41 votes

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

NetJaxer: Web-Desktop Integration

Category: Showcase, Usability

NetJaxer is a windows app that integrates the desktop with a number of web apps, like GMail and Writely. You get shortcut icons in the desktop and system tray, and there’s a special NetJaxer browser for interacting with the web apps. Our program is called NetJaxer http://www.netjaxer.com/ It’s a free and easy way to integrate Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 5:47 pm
6 Comments

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3 rating from 34 votes

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

Live Clipboard – Data-Rich Copy/Paste for the Web

Category: JavaScript, Programming, Usability

Via this post on the Brains4All blog, there’s some information about a slick little Javascript-based tool created by Ray Ozzie tentatively named “Live Clipboard”, a data-rich copy/paste method for the web. Ozzies’ idea is to have Copy And Paste JavaScript powered XML allowing users to copy and paste XML meta data from site to site Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 8:12 am
7 Comments

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3.2 rating from 53 votes

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Javascript Tabifier

Category: Programming, UI, Usability

Tabs have always been used to navigate across different parts of a website, but we’re starting to see more of them appear in the middle of the page as well, where Ajax-style navigation is particularly compelling. So it’s nice to see some libraries help with navigation. Javascript Tabifier is Patrick Fitzgerald’s contribution. In the basic Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 12:05 pm
14 Comments

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4 rating from 61 votes

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Rich, accessible pagination with unobtrusive javascript

Category: JavaScript, Programming, Usability

In this post on bluesmoon.blogspot.com, there’s a walk-through (complete with code) of a method for doing pagination with Ajax that’s both simple and accessible. I’ve seen a few questions about doing pagination with AJAX, and I don’t like the thought of it. It smells of accessibility problems. I’ve addressed this issue before in my own Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 9:41 am
5 Comments

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3.5 rating from 19 votes

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Beware the toggle in Ajax Applications

Category: Ajax, Editorial, Usability

Ajax applications are different yet the same. I had an interesting observation the other day about long lived web applications. They live on a tab in Firefox that I open when I start it up, and they tend to sit there all the time. One tab would be Ajaxian itself, and others would be project Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:14 am
4 Comments

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3.6 rating from 37 votes

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Ajax Case Study – Simple Validations Reduce Costs/Increase Usability

Category: Ajax, Usability, Web20

In a follow-up to his previous post, Jesper Rønn-Jensen looks yet again at business uses of Ajax technologies – specifically a “case study” looking at one of his recent usability issues. As a followup to my earlier post “AJAX performance stats, ROI, and business value“, I decided that I’d share with you some considerations on Read the rest…

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 2:24 pm
6 Comments

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3.6 rating from 31 votes

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Keeping your page load fast

Category: Ajax, Articles, Programming, Usability

Alexander Kirk (of Blummy and Wizlite fame) posted 10 Realistic Steps to a Faster Web Site. Alex did his thesis on this subject, so he should know a thing or two about it. This is not strictly Ajax related, but its very easy to create a slow, unpleasant Ajax app if you don’t keep certain Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 10:19 am
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3.9 rating from 44 votes

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Brad Neuberg: render UI On The Server or the Client?

Category: Dojo, Presentation, Prototype, Usability

Brad Neuberg has a post worth reading on where to render the UI for ajax apps over on his blog. He talks about two general approaches you can take: Thick Client – basically the server just gives you answers to RESTful web service calls, and your client side code has its own mini-MVC approach so Read the rest…

Posted by Rob Sanheim at 2:27 pm
16 Comments

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3.9 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Supporting the Back-Button: Tutorial on Dev2Dev

Category: Library, Programming, Usability

Backbase’s Mark Schiefelbein has produced a tutorial on handling the Back-Button with Ajax. He notes that the well-cited top 10 Ajax applications includes many examples that break standard expectations about the web. “As a direct consequence of the changes in how to use (D)HTML and HTTP, Ajax applications break the back button and other elements Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 6:13 am
13 Comments

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3.9 rating from 37 votes