All posts from
December 2005

The Future of HTML (1/2): WHATWG

“In this two-part series, Edd Dumbill examines the various ways forward for HTML that Web authors, browser developers, and standards bodies propose. This series covers the incremental approach embodied by the WHATWG specifications and the radical cleanup of XHTML proposed by the W3C. Additionally, the author gives an overview of the W3C’s new Rich Client Activity. Here in Part 1, Edd focuses primarily on two specifications being developed by WHATWG: Web Applications 1.0 (HTML5) and Web Forms 2.0.” (Edd Dumbill – IBM)

From Information Design to Experience Design: Smart Artefacts and the Disappearing Computer

“It seems like a paradox but it will soon become reality: The rate at which computers disappear will be matched by the rate at which information technology will increasingly permeate our environment and determine our lives. This notion of the ‘disappearing computer’ is one of the starting points that determines our work. Another one is the shift from information worlds to experience worlds. This was a consequence of our work on innovative office environments where we explored the range of social processes that should be supported with information technology and the shift to a new application domain, i.e. games and entertainment in the context of home environments.” (Norbert Streitz et al. – uigarden)

Why Ajax Sucks (Most of the Time)

“Judging from the email I receive, the most controversial statement I have made in my Alertbox columns so far was to make ‘the use of Ajax’ one of the mistakes in my list of top ten mistakes in Web design. For new or inexperienced Web designers, I stand by my original recommendation. Ajax: Just Say No. With respect to the use of ajax by highly skilled Web designers, I have changed my opinion somewhat: people who really know what they are doing can sometimes use Ajax to good effect, though even experienced designers are advised to use ajax as sparingly as possible. (…) This is a spoof article. Please compare it with the original and you will see how little it has been changed.” (Constructed by Chris McEvoy with apologies to Jakob Nielsen)

Storyboarding RIA with Visio

“With the recent rise in popularity of web technologies such as Flash and AJAX, it has become possible to create richer user experiences on the web. Even though these technologies are not actually new, we are now seeing their widespread adoption. Within the last six months, we have seen the christening of the term ‘AJAX’ and its broad acceptance. Most major websites are adding rich interaction to their existing features” (Bill ScottBoxes and Arrows)