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.
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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
>> 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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