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  • 20 Nov 2006
    I haven't tried it out, but CSS Tab Designer is a little Windows app that helps you design CSS tabs and generates CSS code for you. Finally I can overcome my fear of tabs. According to the site: CSS Tab Designer is a unique and easy to use software to help you design css-based lists and tabs visually and without any programming knowledge required!
  • 18 Nov 2006
    Amnesty International is doing some innovative work with a web plug-in tool to enlist web site and blog owners to help Amnesty in its work to promote political freedom of expression. On it's site Irrepressible Info, Amnesty provides a set of code snippets that easily be inserted on a web site or blog. (Took this clumsy non-techie about 10 min to set it up - see the resulting icon and text on the lower right hand side of this page.) The code generates a small window which shows a fragment of...
  • 13 Nov 2006
    The UX+D team recently used the software UserVue (from TechSmith) while conducting user tests for the International Finance Corporation. "UserVue is a Web-based service that allows you to remotely connect to, interact with, observe and record users as they navigate an application or Web site." Over the course of three days, 4 facilitators from Forum One conducted 24 user tests with users all over the world. Overall, the software worked well and was easy to use. We did have some...
  • 9 Nov 2006
    Making search results accessible and relevant is always a challenge. Providing clear means to filter search results to get closer to the information the user is seeking is key - unless you are Google of course. Faceted classification and search results presentation has brought us a long way towards giving the users the sense of control over search results that can often be overwhelming. Here are some examples of good faceted search interfaces: The Classics The sites that pioneered faceted...
  • 8 Nov 2006
    I'm always looking for new graphics to use for the bullets in a list. Usability-wise, it just makes lists easier to read, but also adds additional polish to a web design. 300 image from 1800 sites is a great resource I always find myself returning to. Here's another I just discovered: Fonthead Design ClickBits
  • 2 Nov 2006
    Over at the AUInteractive blog, there's a great listing about the "10 Things That Will Make Or Break Your Website," or for that matter, any web-based application. It lists a few things I need to learn more about (Askimet)... and is worth reading the full text - but a quick summary: 1. EASY is the most important feature of any website, web app, or program. 2. Visual design and copy are extremely important. 3. Open up your data as much possible. 4. Test, test, test. 5. Release...
  • 31 Oct 2006
    The "Video the Vote" project (http://videothevote.org/) seeks to enlist volunteers to document, on video, any "irregularities" that occuring during polling next Tusday November 7th. At most locations I think their volunteers will have to be outside of polling places, but they will seek to do on-the-spot interviews with people who have problems voting, and quickly upload that video to the web for broader sharing with election officials and the public. They say: We will...
  • 26 Oct 2006
    It seems that the informative and opinionated personal blogging of the UN's Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, is not appreciated by the Sudanese government. And I'll guess that the diplomatic situation this week about Pronk and his blog is forcing the UN to consider whether (personal) diplomatic blogging is a refreshing addition to international diplomacy, or something that needs to be managed with a "policy." Pronk's recent blog posts pushed the Sudanese government to...
  • 21 Oct 2006
    Someone finally had the good sense to bring the Flying Toasters back. For those of you who don't know, Flying Toaster used to appear in a late 80's screensaver for macs called "After Dark". Available free for download for Mac and PC. Brings back memories of my first Macintosh.
  • 20 Oct 2006
    Following up on Nam-Ho's follow-up on my Second Life post... Reuter's secondlife newsfeed can be found at secondlife.reuters.com. also, at least one thing Nam-ho mentions already already exists. The Second Life Library officially opened this week. Second Life Library Blog article on TheShiftedLibrarian coverage on Stephen's Lighthouse as for the currency exchange and economics of SL... economist Edward Castronova gave an interview to BusinessWeek on such topics. Also, SL Business is the...