Fwd: Picking Time

Eli Cochran eli at media.berkeley.edu
Tue Nov 11 16:01:22 UTC 2008

Interesting blog posting by John Resig this morning talking about a  
time picker that I've mentioned before and also the delightful jQuery  

- Eli

Begin forwarded message:

> Date: November 11, 2008 2:07:52 AM PST
> Subject: Picking Time
> Source: John Resig
> Author: John Resig
> It's not often that new user interface conventions are born - or  
> popularized. Even less so within the realm of web development. I'd  
> argue that Sparklines and Lightbox are two of the best examples of  
> UI conventions that were popularized on the web.
> Recently Maxime Haineault announced a simple jQuery plugin for  
> inputting a new time of day called jQuery.timepickr.js. Its  
> principles are very similar to jQuery itself: Get users to input the  
> time as simply as possible with as little input as possible.
> To achieve this he made a "two click" time picker. The first click  
> is within the time field. This activates the display and allows the  
> user to choose the time - all of which is done by moving the mouse  
> over the times that you desire. The final click is anywhere -  
> filling in the time that was chosen. It's hard to explain, you  
> simply have to try it.
> One thing that you'll notice using it is that it's fast. Very fast.  
> I'd argue much faster than clicking into the input area, moving to  
> the keyboard for entering the time, typing the time, then moving  
> back to mouse.
> But not only is it faster, but it's also quite intuitive - which is  
> rather rare for something that utilizes a completely new user  
> interface convention.
> A nice extra point is that the input is completely styled using the  
> jQuery UI style conventions - which means that you'll be able to  
> customize it completely with the jQuery UI Themeroller.
> I love the Themeroller and use it all the time to customize UI  
> controls. It beats the pants off of any other UI customization tool  
> that I've seen. Definitely give it a whirl. Consistently styling  
> JavaScript user interface components can be incredibly annoying, but  
> the Themeroller helps to make it sane - which is just perfect.
> Read more…

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Eli Cochran
user interaction developer
ETS, UC Berkeley

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