Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Ajax Usability Mistakes

Category: Ajax, Usability

Alex Bosworth has written up 10 usability mistakes that he thinks Ajax developers make. Fortunately, these are not intrinsic to the Ajax platform so we can work around them. Not giving immediate visual cues for clicking widgets:There are many patterns emerging here, such as showing the Firefox/Apple spinning wheel next to widgets, when work is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:43 am

3.5 rating from 15 votes

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

Example: Live Preview

Category: Examples, JavaScript, Usability

Jonathan Snook has re-thunk the old chesnut: Weblog comments. He has implemented a Live Preview option which uses the Yellow Fade Technique, and has a nice clean UI. A nice simple example, that also failsback gracefully.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:33 am

3 rating from 7 votes

Friday, May 6th, 2005

Ajaxian UI Issues

Category: Ajax, Usability

We were just talking to a UI/information architect, who was complaining about handling users who have JavaScript turned off, and how Ajax has a barrier, in that he can’t get budget to “write the application twice”. The problem with “working without JavaScript turned on” is interesting. However, these days I think that this problem is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:41 pm

3.3 rating from 6 votes

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Graceful fallback from Ajaxian applications

Category: Ajax, JavaScript, Usability

One of the common arguments is whether or not your application “should just work” if the client doesn’t have JavaScript enabled (or an old version etc). Jep Castelein spoke about this recently. As always, when you are chosing technology you have decisions to make. One of them is the balance. How much time are you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:26 am
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3.3 rating from 3 votes

Monday, March 14th, 2005

Handling usability concerns such as the back button, and bookmarking

Category: Ajax, Usability

One of the issues with offering Rich Internet Applications on the web, is that many technologies ignore the browser. You can have a great UI, but what if you user has gone through and filled out a large form, and then hits on the back button? Will they get taken out of the application and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:19 am
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15.5 rating from 8 votes