Expandable windows

30 Mar 2009 - 12:38pm
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Yann Allin
2008

Hi Everybody,

How would you call the widget used on the Sony home page :
http://www.sony.com/index.php ? Achorion, expansible Windows ?

And what about its usability ???

Thanks,

Yann

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30 Mar 2009 - 2:45pm
Alan James Salmoni
2008

This isn't really related, but I noticed that the menu items differ
from convention. Expandable items have a ' ' to the right whereas
'final' links have a right facing arrow. On Windows at least, it is
the right-facing arrow that indicates that there are more items to see
and final links have nothing or "..." to indicate that a dialog will
be produced. Were these the ones you meant as I can't see an
expandable window (just got into work so I'm still half-asleep and
probably missed it!)

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30 Mar 2009 - 2:46pm
isaacw
2009

"How would you call the widget...?"
In essence, I would call this an accordion.

"And what about its usability ??? "
That's a pretty open-ended question. An accordion, like all UI, is
merely a tool. Perhaps it would be more fruitful to consider "Is
Sony's implementation of an accordion on their homepage most
appropriate and effective? Why or Why not?". I would answer this
myself but I gotta get back to work :-)

-isaacw

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30 Mar 2009 - 2:47pm
Fredrik Matheson
2005

I have no idea what it's called, but it does offer a responsive, fluid
transition between its expanded and collapsed states. I rather like it.
If you want a name for it, I can suggest:
- an in-situ fluid x-axis expander with a column-deforming y-axis expanding
reveal
- a front-focused baseline locked two-step carousel
- a two-axis accordion

More importantly, what would you call it? Let's hear your suggestion.

Then there is the matter of its usability. Well, it does a few things well
and hints at how to do them quite decently. The staggered fades aren't to my
taste, but I'm just one user.

So, why not ask "What does Sony need the front page to do?" and try to
figure out how well thingamajig does that job.

What do *you* think?

30 Mar 2009 - 6:15pm
Alan James Salmoni
2008

Ah just got it - I was using FF with NoScript and flash turned off. I
would call it an expandable frame. I thought about a zooming frame
but it doesn't really zoom, does it? I've just been doing something
like this in Javascript.

Thanks for the help everyone.

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30 Mar 2009 - 2:25pm
John Yuda
2009

I would call it "by hitting me with a flash-only site, Sony just lost
a visitor", but maybe that's just me.

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30 Mar 2009 - 2:53pm
Anonymous

It behaves kind of like a "mega drop-down menu", like Nielsen
recently called them, only inverted (drop-up?).
http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mega-dropdown-menus.html

So maybe call them "large drop-down menu with rich animation and
media preview?"

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31 Mar 2009 - 2:01am
Angel Marquez
2008

Man, I've been looking for that name, mega drop (like on askmen.com), all
last week and had to rig my own.
I think the one in question here is a hoverbox.

First siting here (code calls the class a gallery and the naming convention
isn't quite self documenting, that bugs me):
http://www.javafx.com/

Crude example here (code @ the .com):
http://host.sonspring.com/hoverbox/

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