People in my office seem to be obsessed with "best practices" lately -
a notion that seems a bit ethereal to me. After all, splash pages,
lead-based paint, burning witches, and other such concepts are now
obsolete (or at least frowned upon). In the past, I have tried to
steer people towards the idea that certain interfaces or features may
be a "standard practice," but I am wondering if patterns are now the
best evaluation tool.
> I'm torn. On one hand, the beauty of calling it a pattern, of > encompassing it with a name (regardless of how difficult it > is to get to that name), is that the community can refer to > that specific interaction instance.
Maybe what we need is a library/wiki chock-full of specific UI design
implementations, tagged with a top-level fixed vocabulary of major