Archive for the ‘usability’ Category

remember me

Sunday, October 8th, 2006

Many sites have a “remember me on this computer” checkbox when logging in, which saves a cookie on your computer so you remain logged into the site. Slashdot actually makes the cookie opt-out: you must select “public terminal” if you don’t want to save a cookie on the computer.

Today I saw an interesting feature on the AAA Auto Club web site. It had the typical “remember me” checkbox when logging in. I logged in but did not select the checkbox.

Then on the “my account” page, it presented the option again. This is the first time I have seen an option to save your account cookie other than on the log-in form. It also gives you the ability to delete the cookie. It’s a nice detail.

Fun experimental interactive system

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

FauxJAX: An AJAX Framework for Idiots

Thursday, April 13th, 2006
fake eyball

Introducing FauxJAX.

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Simply use our framework to display content on your site, and we’ll do the rest. Don’t worry about outdated server-side technology because FauxJax is beyond all that. Way beyond. Like in the next century, you have no idea.

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STOP YELLING: The Flickr Newbie Muzzle

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
yell.jpg

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EXPERIENCED INTERNET USERS HATE IS WHEN SOMEONE TYPES IN ALL CAPS… IT FEELS LIKE THE PERSON IS YELLING!

I noticed on Flickr that they have implemented anti-yelling technology – so if you enter a comment in all caps it automatically changes to lower-case and even attempts to capitalize words based on sentence position.

BEFORE:

TESTING COMMENT. WOW! IT WORKS!

AFTER:

Testing comment. Wow! It works!

This is cool, although if you really want to type in all caps it won’t let you. In my mind it’s a good tradeoff.

Update: it would have been even better if they had provided a notification that this was being done, and perhaps a way to override it if you really wanted all caps.

Screencast: Judge a Web App By Its Title

Thursday, April 6th, 2006
You're Killing Me Here!

The second episode of “You’re Killing Me Here!” (usability and design screencast series) discusses various uses of the page title (HTML TITLE element): in particular how you can use it to communicate with users of your web application.

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You’re Killing Me Here! Web Usability Screencast

Friday, March 24th, 2006
You're Killing Me Here!

Introducing “You’re Killing Me Here!” a series of screencasts discussing web site and web application design, accessibility, and usability from the perspective of a power-user.

The first episode discusses “type ahead find” in the Firefox browser and the design implications that come along with it.

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