Discussion Archive: January 2004

26 Jan 2004 - 4:50pm
Joan Linskey

Tab Order in Web Apps using Tags and Tiles

Hopefully a quick question.

We're working on a web application using Tiles and Custom Tags (JSP). Has anyone had any luck explicitely setting tab order with these technologies?

One of the requirements is to offer all the same functionality from the keyboard, (so tab order becomes important). I can't think of any way to ensure that there will not be tab order conflicts if the same tabIndex value is set in two different elements in two different custom tags or tiles (short of preprocessing the page to generate unique tab indicies on the fly).

26 Jan 2004 - 2:04pm

Magnetic Elements Toolkit : Anyone actually receive a toolkit?


Has anyone ordered and actually *received* a copy of the Magnetic
Elements toolkit (from http://www.magments.com/index.html)?
I placed an order over a month ago, paid for it, and have yet to
receive a copy.

26 Jan 2004 - 1:34pm
Dave Malouf

HTML combo-box?

Anyone have a good source or design for an HTML-based combo box.
It doesn't have to be the single widget design, though obviously that is

23 Jan 2004 - 2:51pm
12 years ago
10 replies
Josh Seiden
23 Jan 2004 - 12:41pm
T. Taylor

Fwd: RE: Use of icons v. hidden triggers for rollovers

Regardless of who said it, it unfortunately won't
work for what I am doing. I can't violate the
language-learning pedagogy by always showing English,
otherwise the exercise is invalid and the learner does
not learn the language.

I thank you all for your suggestions, but I think I
need to look elsewhere for answers. If anyone knows of
a list of instructors of secondary language learners
who also happen to understand good interface design,
please let me know!


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22 Jan 2004 - 3:42pm
Celia Romaniuk

JOB: Interaction Designer, London

We're looking for an Interaction Designer to join us as soon as possible,
to design PC and mobile software for Nokia and other clients.

Candidates will have solid interaction design skills and be great at both
coming up with ideas and refining them to specification-level detail.

The position is initially a two month contract, potentially leading to
permanent. It is based in central London with some travel to Europe.

21 Jan 2004 - 8:16pm
12 years ago
13 replies

Monolithic apps. versus many-windows apps

I'd like to understand the advantages/disadvantages of
designing a large app. inside one big main window,
versus having a "main window" with many smaller,
non-modal windows around it. Let's assume the context
is an application where the user will spend many hours
working in.

Case in point: Visual Studio vs. Borland C++Builder

In C++Builder, there is a "main subwindow" where
programmers design the software.

20 Jan 2004 - 4:50pm

CFP: TUXS 2004 (Toronto User Experience Summit)


The Toronto User eXperience Summit (TUXS) 2004 is a multi-disciplinary and
trans-industry gathering of user interface designers, software developers,
graphic designers, human factors practitioners, engineers, industrial
designers, teachers, information architects, researchers, and professionals
in other areas seeking to gain an understanding of how to better craft and
mange the interaction between people and any kind of designed environment.

TUXS 2004, scheduled for May 11-13, is a forum for professionals to learn,
discover, and refine the techniques and method

20 Jan 2004 - 3:37pm
Stacy Surla

IA Summit Registration Deadline

The Early Registration Deadline for the IA Summit is January 24 - this
Saturday. The Summit is about the best treat you can give yourself as an IA
or (I assert) an IxD. It's also in Austin this year, which should make a
nice break from Washington weather as well.

Go to the Summit website to find out more and register online.



Stacy Surla
Information Architect/Web Producer
Aspen Systems Corp

20 Jan 2004 - 10:27am
12 years ago
4 replies
FelcanSmith, Mark

Wireframes and Use Cases

I'm working with systems analysts who are familiar with use
cases and only recently have been introduced to wireframes. They
are used to receiving business requirements and then developing
use cases out of those.

There is some debate on when is the appropriate time to
introduce wireframes into the process. My reponse was, it
depends on the project.