More from New Challenges… Dan Brown leverages Lakoff’s ideas on the central and exceptional elements of concepts in categorization to question how we design computer systems. We’ve built a lot of exception handling into systems to the point where we take some actions for granted, where computers are enforcing rules that perhaps people should (or [...]
Brian Alvey, speaking on a panel about CSS back at SXSW, asked, “Who’s building a CMS on these tools that spits out valid markup? Not many. A few. They’re going to heaven.” Well, I don’t exactly believe in heaven, but to play it safe I wrote an article illustrating a few different ways you could [...]
I used to say CMS user interfaces were developing slowly because, like intranets, they were all behind the firewall. But I’m wrong, opensourceCMS has many CMS packages installed for you to try out and learn from. An excellent resource.
I’m working on a content management application – the part of the content management system the authors and administrators use – and jotted down a few principles to follow. They may not be applicable in every case, but expanding along these lines might lead to some design patterns. Manage content, not pages. This makes content [...]
What the independent publisher needs now is a killer, free, open-source search engine for our sites. The Movable Type of search engines, with a plug-in architecture allowing individuals to add features. None of the free search engines currently available achieve what MT has in terms of simplicity, usability, performance, and usefulness. Lazy Web, I invoke [...]
An introduction for the knowledge management crowd. Data By Design in eWeek. Metadata Helper Applications: Tagging and Entity Extraction from Search Tools.com Automatic Indexing: A Matter of Degree from Marjorie M. Hlava in the ASIST Bulletin is still the most sober introduction to the topic. Thanks to Demetri and Ed for links. Later… From eContent, [...]
XHTML sounds scary to me. Once you put that X in the name I assume it’s over there, over that threshold of actually learning XML (as opposed to learning what it can do and collaborating with smarter folks who have actually learned it). That’s a pretty common threshold, from what I’ve seen. A lot of [...]
Mozilla reaches 1.0. It looks like it was four years in the making. That says something about the speed of open source development, or the project management, or the scope. Maybe scope. I like Bill’s description: The OpenSource version of the NetScape Navigator browser. Or, a RichClient development platform. So far I’ve tried the Windows [...]
I usually abhore keyboard shortcuts, since everyone knows mousing is faster. But for zooming and moving in Visio, this rocks… hold down Shift + Control, then: – Left click zooms in- Right click zooms out- Hold right button to drag page (Adobe-style) thanks to Brett for the tip.
James is experimenting with Omnigraffle site maps.