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Tog on Web

Re-reading Tog’s First Principles I just noticed the online version has newer notes specifically adapting them to the web… ‘Present the illusion that users are always in the same place, with the work brought to them. This not only eliminates the need for maps and other navigational aids, it offers users a greater sense of mastery and autonomy. As with the inherent statelessness of the web (see Track State, above), our job is not to accept blindly what the architects have given us, but to add the layers of capability and protection that users want and need. That the web’s navigation is inherently invisible is a challenge, not an inevitability.

Dovetailing nicely in this vein of application-meets-Internet is Usability Heuristics for Rich Internet Applications a new B&A article by Jess McMullin and Grant Skinner.