Monday, January 16, 2006

Bringing Desktop Interactions Online

Clarifying actions when bringing applications to the web ...

"As the gap between desktop and Web applications continues to close, interaction designs previously reserved for the OS are making their way online. Unfortunately, the transition is not always a smooth one.

Interactions that reveal themselves in context are likely to have the easiest time making the move from desktop to Web. For example, auto completion of user input doesn’t require different upfront behavior on the part of users. Simply start typing in a text field as you always do and suggestions reveal themselves below. Based on the presentation of these suggestions (within a vertical list of options), you are likely to assume you can select one with your mouse or arrow keys and (when the component is designed right) you can.

Other forms of desktop interaction don’t have the luxury of being visible when they are needed. In fact, actions like double-click, right-click, and drag & drop are not visible at all. You need to know that these options exist in order to make use of them. This problem is magnified in the single-click world of the Web browser where few people imagine that single-click selection, double-click launching, right-click menu access, or drag and drop are possible. To address this issue, designers often opt for direct communication by including messages that describe drag and drop behaviors and making actions explicit through links or images."   continued ...   (Via Functioning Form)

Web Application Actions. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Web Application Actions.


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