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Devices on the Web (2.0)



The presentation explains all the cool devices that AJAX and Advanced Javascript have made available. Site designers can use this to better organize information.

The presentation explains all the cool devices that AJAX and Advanced Javascript have made available. Site designers can use this to better organize information.



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Devices on the Web (2.0) Devices on the Web (2.0) Presentation Transcript

  • Devices for Web Pages Information Presentation and Interaction Techniques
  • Principles
  • Good
    • ‘ Smooth’, not jerky
    • Immediate, not page-load
    • In-place, not page load
    • Multiple choices/ steps/ actions all performed in the same place
    • Some devices allow better use of real estate, others allow users to consciously make the page more complex
    • Cannot use the Browser’s back button, so widgets have to be used intelligently – do not perform ‘too many’ actions or those kind of actions that a person would click the Back button to ‘undo’
  • Basic Principle: Display
    • Something of x size, can become something of Y size, based on user interaction. At either size, that something can have totally different content
    • What the first x is (as tiny as a full stop, or as large as an ad banner) is totally within our control
    • What the final Y is, is also totally within our control and can be designed completely differently, independent of the first x
    • The ‘Y’ can act as a pop-up (over other existing elements), or as a larger space on the same page (pushing away other elements)
    • The design of the page needs to account for this flexibility
  • Basic Principle: Function
    • As a next step, something can happen in between the x and Y states: some data can be sent to the server, processed and new data can be displayed
    • E.g., the user can change an icon on a toolbar. This change can be permanently recorded for that user on the server when the change is happening
  • User Input Help the User while asking him for inputs (usually text)
  • Auto Complete Text box (Get Quote)
    • Shows a list of auto-complete options while typing in text boxes, a-la Google Toolbar ,
  • Spellcheck
    • AJAX can be used to provide spell-check functionality
  • Form Fields
    • Guide a person through filling forms instead of throwing him error messages at the end
  • Content Sectioning Different ways to show ‘lots’ of content in less space, with 1 level of categorisation
  • Vertical Tabs (called ‘Accordion’)
  • Accordion For Navigation: Horizontal Accordion
  • Simple Tabs
  • Yet Another Simple Tab
  • Horizontal Tabs, with Transition Effect
  • Simple Tabs, with differing content sizes
  • Promo Unit, that expands on mouseover
    • The design needs to allow for elements to be ‘pushed’
  • Content Switcher (different ‘tab’ presentation)
    • Moving mouse over different links changes the content in the box
  • Yet Another Content-Switcher
  • Inline Pop-up
  • Yahoo style hidden tabs
  • Switching Slides in Hero Spot
  • Expanding Content Space
  • Navigation
  • Product Slider
  • Mac Like Menu
  • MS Quick Links
  • Top Slide Down Sitemap
  • Vertical Menus
    • Old-school, but with better transitions
    • Menus fold out vertically
    • This is similar to menus opening up next to the top-level element, except that this requires a click, the other one happens on mouseover
  • Personalisation Give users the choice to customise their views
  • Personalisation
    • First time a person comes to the site (customer), ask him to ‘personalise’ his site. Simple checkboxes let him set his ‘default’ view and a preview on the right shows a layout
    • Layout needs to be designed with flexibility in mind, so that units can be ‘pushed around’
  • Movable Boxes
    • Boxes can be dragged around, closed or even personalised
  • Page, Toolbar Options
  • Remove, Rename Tabs, Add Tabs
    • Each tab can be deleted, renamed or ‘set to default’
    • New tabs can be added, with a selection of what you want to see in that tab
    • PS: Note that the site’s theme colour (masthead, link colours) have changed based on the tab selected
  • Windows
    • Can be moved around, minimised or maximised
  • Slideshows Pictures, Products, Videos
  • Cute thing with Pictures
  • Sexy Slideshow
  • Other Presentation Trends Common features being used these days
  • Sitemap in Footer
  • Tour/Demo Pages
    • Take a Tour pages are kept COMPLETELY clutter-free
    • This is NOT a popup
    • So what if the standard navigation links are also not there. There’s a link to go back home
  • Click n Drag
    • You can drag across the timeline to view different events (or different prices of 5 stocks, for example)
    • On clicking each ‘event’, details open up
  • New Item Fade-in
  • Sortable Tables
  • Many More
    • Widgets:
    • Forms:
  • What’s Coming Tomorrow? Take a peek into the future
    • Completely fluid, possibly 3-D, NOT very expensive websites
    • Interfaces will gain a new axis of complexity
    • The right design will differentiate between complex and simple
    • Each site will be an experience, not just what you read or do
  • Get the Experience (no point showing 2D screenshots for these)
    • First install ibrarySoftwareSystem_ToolsSilverlight.1.0.exe