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Saturday, January 07, 2012

design for desktop, mobile, tablet

I recently read an interesting article on alistapart, outlining  how we should be designing user experience across and between devices:

1) I want to check (mobile)
2) I want to manage (desktop)
3) I want to immerse (tablet)

Friday, January 06, 2012

vertical slider navigation, not always fit for purpose

I have seen a new trend in web design in the past few months, the vertical slider. The navigation scrolls you to a different part of the same page. and this gives the feeling of traveling through a different part of the website. All good, as long content is cleverly segmented.

I recently went to http://www.wampserver.com/en/, to checkout a specific plugin. The look and feel looks much better, but I could not find where to download add-ons. After 10 frustrating minutes I found out that the plugins could be found in the section "downloads".. although the section was not visible on the page and you had to scroll down.

"Downloads", right, yes of course. Well, it turns out that the user doesn't expect to have to scroll down to find content when using this type of navigation. And with all due respect for the team of designers at http://www.alterway.fr/ I think the previous version was much more user friendly, the current navigation being in my opinion clumsy and not fit for purpose.

A list of websites doing it well can be found here: http://3.7designs.co/blog/2008/04/12-websites-that-slide-and-scroll-with-javascript/

Monday, August 29, 2011

frameworks

It is interesting to pick up skills listed by outsource companies, as you can then identify which web frameworks or technologies are making it mainstream. Below are a couple of them

New lightweight CSS framework offered by twitter.  

Javascript framework by Sencha

document-oriented database. It would have been very useful to have this around when I participating to the built of our first CMS in 2002..

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Microformats make it mainstream

http://schema.org is an interesting website, pulled together by google, Yahoo and Bing, and providing technical guidelines about how to implement microformats.

Probably a good idea to add this to SEO checklist for website QA process.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

IE7 issue? solve it with zoom

If you are struggling with absolute positioning a div in IE7 Or any other element, simpy add div {zoom: 1} (or replace with the elelement you are targetting) on top of your CSS. Will generally sort out your issue...

div {zoom:1} assigns a "layout" to the div. More in depth info can be found here.

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