Friday, December 09, 2005 11:54 AM
Ohhhhhhhahaaaawwwww. Last week a hard drive crashed on me. I do nightly backups, so I lost only a day's work, but all the projects I had in the source control library now point to an extinct directory. No problem, I'll just set the working directory to the new restored location. Oh no. No no no. You won't get away that easy. You must PAY. So now, every time I want to fetch me a project, I have to fight a source control guardian with the physical and argumentative capacity of a beefy ape and the intellectual capacity of a squashed plum. Fwah!
Wednesday, December 07, 2005 5:36 PM
I started to use Microsoft Visio and I just love it. This article
shows why. Visio really makes it easy to create storyboards or wireframes as well as helping visualize what we want to design for our clients. The process can be really fun but it can also get a little addictive.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005 10:01 AM
I've been working on a new incarnation of the Index Popup for Inmagic WebPublisher, which pages index lists and for fun, fetches pages the AJAX way. (Updates page content without refreshing the entire page.) This allowed me to create a find-as-you-type search box which acts like Google Suggest. Unbelievably satisfying. Also new is: i) ability to set field label different than field name; ii) selection builder so selections don't 'disappear'; iii) adjustable page size, and; iv) more. I'd like to do the same for validation lists, but they don't have a paging mechanism. And I won't go into the occult techniques I had to employ to get the index lists to page the way I wanted. Who knew backwards paging would be a herculean labour? Still, I'm very happy with it.
Friday, December 02, 2005 5:59 PM
I've been reading and re-reading the latest book by Peter Morville (of "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web"
fame). It is an easy read, in that it is fast paced, well written, often humorous, with information on fascinating new developments and concepts. However for anyone involved in designing websites and search interfaces, there is also a wealth of information on usability that needs to be reviewed in more depth. The book is full of references and quotes from a myriad of sources. Since its publication a de.licio.us bibliography
has been created with links to many of them, making further research much easier.
I'm now aware of concepts like ubiquitous computing; wayfinding; intertwingling, folksonomies and the sociosemantic web. I'm struck by Mooers' law that states that people may avoid using a system because it gives information which they have to try and understand, and which may be painful and troublesome. As Morville says, we cannot assume people will want our information, even if we know they need it, and that behind most failed websites is a misguided model of users and their information seeking behaviours. This reminds us that the design of useful systems requires a deep understanding of users and their social context.
Morville is a librarian and discusses the failure of library initiatives such as Dublin Core to garner acceptance in the wider arena, as well as condemning ALA president Michael Gorman's negative comments on blogging. However it is not a book just for librarians, but for anyone interested in the latest research on information retrieval and interface design.
"Ambient Findabilty", by Peter Morville. O'Reilly: 2005. 204 pages. ISBN: 0-596-00765-5.
Check out these related websites: Findability.org
; Business Week, November 9th 2005 interview with Peter Morville
; reviews at Amazon.com
Sunday, November 27, 2005 1:48 PM
The CRNBC web site (formerly the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia) is another web site redesign project with an update to use our WebPublisher Developer Kit (WPDK)
and Shopping Cart. Our latest WPDK version includes a "Blacklist" feature where the "Add to Cart" option is ommitted in the search results page if there are certain values in a field (ie. Loan Policy = Library Use Only; Record Type = Reference).
Visit the library catalogue @ http://www.crnbc.ca/library/