Displaying stati in situations where status information is unavailable

19 Aug 2004 - 9:50am
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Jens Meiert

I'd appreciate an additional opinion -- how do I display a status the most
elegant when I encounter situations where this status information is not

Precisely: Operating a large portal including ASP services [1] we indicate
some sort of status via 'login' and 'logout' links -- as you can imagine, if
a user is logged in, he gets a 'logout' link, if he is logged out, he can
log in.

Now we ran into trouble having external partners who are 'seamlessly'
included in our portal application but (for whatever reason) not able to
display that status -- and per default, we now show the 'login' link, though
this can be wrong. Well, what is recommended here? I thought about e.g.
displaying nothing as well as displaying a kind of neutral symbol plus
'currently not available' or anything like this.

There also is one special finesse -- there's not much room to display a
note, so I can display, say, seven to nine characters... You can see it at
http://gmx.net/ (though in German). -- What do you propose?

Thanks for your time!

Jens Meiert
Interface Architect (IxD)


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