Archive for the 'User Experience' Category

News groups and mailing lists 2008

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

I’ve got some suggestions as to which usenet news groups and mailing lists (or listservs) are worth following with regard to keeping up-to-date on what’s happening in Client-Side (or Presentation Layer or Front-End) Web development.


Progressive Enhancement

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

One of the things I was doing while working for the College Board was researching strategies for accessible Web content. So it became apparent that Pragmatic Progressive Enhancement, or what we used to call Graceful Degradation, was in fact the best architectural strategy for ensuring an accessible and robust user experience.


Delicious via: tag bookmarklet

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

I just got finished writing a new version of the whuffie bookmarklet. It’s a bookmarklet that adds via: tags to your bookmarks for attribution purposes, so you can have a little extra meta-data about where your links are coming from.


Setting up Synergy

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Today I set up Synergy, which is quite bad-ass :)
I set it up for my 2 macs and PC at work.


Page Titles

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Here is the classic Nielsen article on headlines.

The best practice as he outlines it is to place the most specific information about the page /first/ in the title.
Consider The following is a (hypothetical) nice, useful section title that could potentially be used:

“Fine China - DINING - Dining & Entertaining - Macy*s”

The most specific information comes first, then the name of the subsection, the section, and finally the name of the web site.
This is exactly the opposite of the common approach to titles :(


Authoring accessible Web content

Monday, December 4th, 2006

This began as a post for the JAG internal wiki. After I’d gone to all the trouble of looking everything up and spelling it right, I thought it would be worthwhile to mirror the post here.

Here are a couple of basic pointers for building Acessible Web sites. I generally am interested in Accessibility, because it’s part of the Semantic Web vision. When I come across a relevant article, I tag it with accessibility. But I became especially interested after the National Federation for the Blind sued Target, basically because Target refused to add ALT tags to their images.

In no particular order, here’s list of core techniques:

Windows Active Desktop is good for something!

Monday, April 24th, 2006

My main accomplishment today was the discovery of a use for Windows Active Desktop! I managed to get it so the Bryant Park Webcam is my desktop. The desktop refreshes every 10 minutes, just like the webcam. All this required was some serious drill-down into the Display control panel:

Here are the steps to get a webcam image displayed on the desktop; and set it so the image on the desktop updates with the one on the web: