task hierarchy in web 2/RIA apps

21 Feb 2007 - 5:52pm
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Jay Morgan
2006

can you all suggest examples showing how designers used distinct controls
for each level in a hierarchy of tasks in web 2/ajax?

for example:
a level 3 task is the highest and can contain several level 2 tasks. each
level two tasks contains three different level 1 tasks.
- user moves through level 1 tasks with one kind of control (e.g., clickable
'handle' labeled "next")
- user moves through level 2 tasks with a distinct kind of control (e.g.,
collapsable panels)
- user moves through level 3 tasks with a distinct kind of control (e.g.,
submit button)

Thanks for your time....
--
Jay Morgan
Applied cognitive scientist practicing information architecture, interaction
design, and corporate culture manipulation

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22 Feb 2007 - 4:05pm
Peter Boersma
2003

Jay asked:
> can you all suggest examples showing how designers used distinct controls
> for each level in a hierarchy of tasks in web 2/ajax?

Web2.0's poster child, Flickr, uses:
- click-to-edit titles and descriptions on your own photographs
- click-to-open-a-box to a series of tags on your own photographs
- click-to-add-a-note-then-edit-the-note for notes on photographs
- click-to-open-a-dialog-box to rotate the picture

I'm not sure if there is a clear and consistent hierarchy here.
Knowing some of the people from Flickr (and their stories), they just did what seemed like a good idea at the time...

Peter
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Peter Boersma | Senior Interaction Designer | Info.nl
http://www.peterboersma.com/blog | http://www.info.nl

22 Feb 2007 - 8:32pm
Jay Morgan
2006

thanks for the note, Peter. I was thinking more of a set of nested tasks.
I want to see some examples of how designers have used distinct or unique
controls to make it clear to users how to navigate the application.

I have found plenty of good web2 controls, just not too many that represent
nested tasks. it begs the question that web2 would have lotsa nested tasks,
eh? maybe that's so web1 that I should know better than to ask...It seems a
lot of folks use progressive enabling or progressive disclosure to reveal
tasks that come in nested sets. We've found two ways to do that in our app
that we're comfortable with, but i'm always looking for exposure to novel
solutions.

- Jay

On 2/22/07, Peter Boersma <peter at peterboersma.com> wrote:
>
> Jay asked:
> > can you all suggest examples showing how designers used distinct
> controls
> > for each level in a hierarchy of tasks in web 2/ajax?
>
> Web2.0's poster child, Flickr, uses:
> - click-to-edit titles and descriptions on your own photographs
> - click-to-open-a-box to a series of tags on your own photographs
> - click-to-add-a-note-then-edit-the-note for notes on photographs
> - click-to-open-a-dialog-box to rotate the picture
>
> I'm not sure if there is a clear and consistent hierarchy here.
> Knowing some of the people from Flickr (and their stories), they just did
> what seemed like a good idea at the time...
>
> Peter
> --
> Peter Boersma | Senior Interaction Designer | Info.nl
> http://www.peterboersma.com/blog | http://www.info.nl
>

--
Jay Morgan
Applied cognitive scientist practicing information architecture, interaction
design, and corporate culture manipulation

22 Feb 2007 - 8:50pm
Daniel Williams
2005

Not sure if this is what you are talking about but I like this control

http://www.stringify.com/columnav/examples/infinite.html

Imagine if this created a breadcrumb as you went through the options. No
more trees!

On 2/22/07, Jay Morgan <jayamorgan at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> thanks for the note, Peter. I was thinking more of a set of nested tasks.
> I want to see some examples of how designers have used distinct or unique
> controls to make it clear to users how to navigate the application.
>
> I have found plenty of good web2 controls, just not too many that
> represent
> nested tasks. it begs the question that web2 would have lotsa nested
> tasks,
> eh? maybe that's so web1 that I should know better than to ask...It seems
> a
> lot of folks use progressive enabling or progressive disclosure to reveal
> tasks that come in nested sets. We've found two ways to do that in our
> app
> that we're comfortable with, but i'm always looking for exposure to novel
> solutions.
>
> - Jay
>
> On 2/22/07, Peter Boersma <peter at peterboersma.com> wrote:
> >
> > Jay asked:
> > > can you all suggest examples showing how designers used distinct
> > controls
> > > for each level in a hierarchy of tasks in web 2/ajax?
> >
> > Web2.0's poster child, Flickr, uses:
> > - click-to-edit titles and descriptions on your own photographs
> > - click-to-open-a-box to a series of tags on your own photographs
> > - click-to-add-a-note-then-edit-the-note for notes on photographs
> > - click-to-open-a-dialog-box to rotate the picture
> >
> > I'm not sure if there is a clear and consistent hierarchy here.
> > Knowing some of the people from Flickr (and their stories), they just
> did
> > what seemed like a good idea at the time...
> >
> > Peter
> > --
> > Peter Boersma | Senior Interaction Designer | Info.nl
> > http://www.peterboersma.com/blog | http://www.info.nl
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Jay Morgan
> Applied cognitive scientist practicing information architecture,
> interaction
> design, and corporate culture manipulation
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