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CSS VS Tables Sunday, May 28, 2006

Posted by VoeD in Articles, Bookmarks, Design, Thoughts.
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In my research, I collated (with the help of Veerle's blog) some articles on CSS-based design VS HTML table tag-based design.

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JavaScript Speed Test Sunday, May 28, 2006

Posted by VoeD in Articles, Implementation.
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This page/article from Jason Orendorff might be quite useful when it bogs down to fine tuning implementation. It lists down various JavaScript snippets and does a qualitative analysis on the various running times.

When Ajax Gets Abused Sunday, May 28, 2006

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You have just got to love The Daily WTF; If I can only read two feeds a day, it would be this and Slashdot. Anyway, Ajaxian quoted The Daily WTF for this piece of interesting (nonetheless scary) code. I think the comments on the Ajaxian post sums it all up..

The problem is that the developer implemented an “execPHP” function. […] This is a gateway to run any code on the server. Might as well just have a text box on the page that says “type some code in, and we’ll execute it”.

Graceful Degradation of Ajax Sunday, May 28, 2006

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Ryan Campbell of Particletree wrote a great article on the Graceful Degradation of Ajax. While reading on Dan Cederholm's book, Bulletproof Web Design, on the degradation of web site with no support for CSS especially with the flourishing of mobile devices accessing content over the internet these days, this idea actually came up to me: Graceful Degradation for Ajax. Particletree laid down the hows and whys for this quite elegantly in the article.

Essentially, by utilising the noscript element as well as by following a graceful development cycle, such an ambition is indeed possible (for any Ajax Weblication?). This is not surprising actually, the same principles apply for CSS based designs. We start with a good structure and have all the presentation and visuals details laid down on top of the structure later on. But this paragraph hardly does justice to the article; more details can be found in the article.

Web Navigation is About Moving Forward Sunday, May 28, 2006

Posted by VoeD in Articles, Design, Thoughts.
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GUUUI.com also posted an article from Gerry McGovern about Web Navigation.

The primary purpose of web navigation is to help people to move forward. It is not to tell them where they have been, or where they could have gone.

Its interesting though, research shows that the back button is the most frequently used feature of the web browser and that one of the many caveats in implementing Rich Internet Applications is in making sure that the Back button still works the way the user expects it to.

But I must agree, just as I have read from (again) Steve Krug's book (it's a really great book), that users tend to skim through the page and web pages are often not read/used by people the way developers intended them to.

Your job is to understand the primary direction your most important customers are heading, and to remove obstacles in the way of them arriving at that destination. Forward-looking navigation options should dominate.