UI design for digital books with extensive footnotes
2 Aug 2006 - 8:49am
10 years ago
On Aug 1, 2006, at 8:43 AM, Steve Toub wrote:
> Web. Everything in XML. > --SET > > > Dan Saffer wrote: >> Is this a desktop or web application or something else?
Since it's a web app, one can imagine not only doing as you're
considering--having basically a footnote pane that acts like the
preview/reading pane of an RSS or Email client--but you could also
consider having onMouseOver actions that open floating windows that
contain the footnote, doing an XmlHttpRequest to get the footnote
itself. I'm basically thinking what Netflix does. That's another
If you do go with the pane, be sure it can expand or collapse, so
that it can get out of the way if people simply want to read the text
without footnotes. i.e. The footnotes shouldn't be an impediment to
the text itself. You might also have a control that turns the hover
display off as well.