Can you squeeze me
Into an empty page of your diary?
Morrissey, “Hairdresser on Fire”
Let’s start where it all begins: the page title! That’s at least, where all websites “begin”. Page titles, for example, always appear first in search results and already make it possible to distinguish them from other search hits.
Why pamper life’s complexity
When the leather runs smooth
On the passenger’s seat?
The Smiths, “This Charming Man”
Here is a little presentation of a talk I recently held to my colleagues on Progressive Enhancement. It was made to convince my backend oriented fellow developers to implement stuff the right way with some best practice frontend technique.
And people who are uglier than you and I
They take what they need, and leave
The Smiths, “A Roush And A Push And The Land Is Ours”
If you want to offer downloadable files to your user, how do you perfectly wrap those for all of them? Just putting a hyperlink around a file name seems so outdated. With modern HTML5, this can be made much better and more accessible.
Any man could get used to
And I am the living sign
The Smiths, “Vicar In A Tutu”
Microinteractions consist of the subtle feedback moments in small single tasks, for example a light switch. The light bulp itself returns the feedback immediately after the switch is used. Another example might be vibrating cellphones when you receive a message. This haptic feedback is so powerful you even feel it, if the phone is in your pocket.
Call me morbid, call me pale
I’ve spent six years on your trail
The Smiths, “Half A Person”
Since 1995 web usability expert Jakob Nielsen recommended the use of breadcrumb trails as a secondary navigation scheme to help the users find their way through a complex website. And he can’t be wrong 22 years later as websites became more complex with different ways of navigation (e.g. off canvas menus, tabs, collapsibles, parallax scrolling etc.) and an uncountable number of different devices have access to them nowadays. Still they help users in those modern times.