Wednesday, April 07, 2010

User interface design – ultimate AJAX interaction

Whilst I’m on the subject I may as well share my favourite experience on the web – and the moment AJAX started to work for me.

I can’t honestly remember when Google rolled out the “star”, it may well have been there from the start – but it was certainly when I first started to see the web as an O/S.

Screenshot of Gmail "star" interaction

For those of you who don’t know how this works (it’s popped all over the place since) - it works simply by clicking on the star – at which point, and with no screen refresh, the message is starred, forever.

Not out of the ordinary today, but pretty radical back in the day, and I’m still surprised by how few sites have emulated this (Twitter being the notable exception).

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