Picking Time

Jess Mitchell jess at jessmitchell.com
Tue Nov 11 17:18:29 UTC 2008


Very cool stuff Eli.  Thanks for passing it along -- and particularly  
relevant for the all-hands meeting.

Jess
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On Nov 11, 2008, at 11:01 AM, Eli Cochran wrote:

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