Draft description of Fluid Infusion

Anastasia Cheetham a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
Tue Apr 22 18:04:52 UTC 2008

Hi, everyone,

I'm drafting some content for the main website (not the wiki)  
describing just what Fluid Infusion is, for people who may not have  
the time or inclination to sift through the content on the wiki.

I wouldn't mind some eyes reviewing the text, and letting me know if  
I've left anything out. Any comments are welcome.

Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
Software Designer, Fluid Project    http://fluidproject.org
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto


What is Infusion?

Fluid Infusion is a collection of resources designed to improve the  
user experience of community source web applications.

Infusion includes

     • a Component Library - a small but growing collection of rich,  
reusable, accessible user interface components that can be used across  
web applications. These components have been designed by a cross- 
disciplinary team and thoroughly tested for usability and  
accessibility. By incorporating Fluid components into your web  
application's user interface, you can make your application easier to  
use by more people.

     • a User Experience Toolkit - resources, tools, and documentation  
to help make user interface design and implementation easier. The  
toolkit includes personas and scenarios for common use cases within  
higher education, user interface design patterns, testing protocols,  
and accessibility guidelines intended to simplify the design process.

The Component Library includes:

     • Components:
         • Reorderer
         • Lightbox
         • Layout Customizer
         • Multi-File Uploader
     • Documentation and Tutorials on how to use the components
     • Markup examples
     • Test files

The User Experience Toolkit includes:

     • User Interface Design Patterns
     • Checklists and protocols for doing User Experience walkthroughs  
and Accessibility reviews
     • Profiles and Personas
     • User Testing guidelines
     • Results of user testing and other evaluations

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